Posts Tagged ‘sexual harassment’

Sexual Harassment: Battling claims in the courts of legal opinion and public opinion

Numerous high-profile sexual harassment and misconduct scandals have dominated the headlines in the last year. The viral growth and game-changing impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements has reached beyond prominent public figures and into everyday workplaces. This presentation explores the very real challenges associated with responding to sexual harassment claims in two important but…

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Confidential sexual harassment settlement payments no longer tax‑deductible

In a workplace era that may soon be referred to as “Pre-Weinstein,” employers not only could quietly settle sexual harassment claims by including a nondisclosure agreement that virtually assured the matter would be kept confidential and out of the public spotlight, but they could also deduct the settlement payment and attorney’s fees as a business…

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Avoiding legal hangovers

‘Tis the season … for office holiday parties. They are great for employee morale. They can also give rise to legal hangovers that can extend far beyond the holiday season. The primary legal perils of office parties are claims of sexual harassment or alcohol-related injuries by third parties. If an employee gets intoxicated and sexually…

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Employer liable for off-duty murder?

Companies often assume they are not responsible for interactions between employees that happen off-site after hours and that are unrelated to their jobs. However, if a supervisor and a subordinate are involved and the employer failed to take appropriate action regarding workplace issues between the two leading up to the “off-campus” event, then a different…

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The litigation value of your antiharassment policy

As lawyers, we constantly remind clients of the importance of having and enforcing an effective antiharassment policy. Not only does it help enforce appropriate workplace behavior, but it also provides a good defense if inappropriate behavior occurs. On September 7, 2011, the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes Oklahoma) reaffirmed the value of…

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‘This is why you were fired’

Employers that are later sued for their discipline and discharge decisions often find themselves defending the way they reached those decisions. That means showing you had a good reason to look into a particular problem and demonstrating you were thorough and fair in your inquiry. As one county sheriff recently learned, the ability to explain…

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