Rethinking Confidentiality in Sexual Harassment Litigation: Practical Guidance for Employers

(127 Ratings)

Produced on: March 08, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Following allegations of sexual harassment, assault and abuse by several high-profile men across numerous industries, women across the globe have banded together under the #MeToo movement and given a strong voice against this conduct – and the cloak of silence surrounding it – that is far overdue.

While many women are demanding greater transparency and accountability for victims of workplace sexual harassment, some states are seeking to pass new legislation in order to specifically address employers who shield themselves from liability through confidential settlement agreements and mandatory arbitration provisions. It is imperative that defense lawyers and in-house counsel stay informed on the rapidly-changing nature of workplace sexual harassment laws in order to foster an environment free from harassment, and to avoid additional liability when harassment complaints do arise.

This course, presented by Bryan Arbeit, Senior Associate at Wigdor LLP, reviews the current climate of sexual harassment litigation, addresses some pitfalls employers typically face when dealing with sexual harassment complaints, and offers practical guidance for employers on how to maintain a zero-tolerance workplace culture with respect to sexual harassment.


Learning Objectives:
  1. Define what constitutes “sexual harassment” in a workplace environment
  2. Assess the current status of workplace sexual harassment legislation, generally and in some specific states
  3. Provide practical guidance for employers on how to prevent workplace sexual harassment
  4. Identify how employers should address and respond to workplace sexual harassment complaints
  5. Discuss how defense lawyers and/or in-house counsel should handle pending sexual harassment litigation

Faculty

Bryan Arbeit

Wigdor LLP

Bryan L. Arbeit is a Senior Associate at Wigdor LLP. Mr. Arbeit’s practice includes counseling and litigating in the areas of labor and employment law, civil rights law, appellate practice, and complex class and collective actions. Mr. Arbeit represents individuals in a wide variety of employment matters, including sexual harassment, gender, pregnancy, race, disability, age and sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation, defamation, family and medical leave, wage and hour, whistleblower and contract claims. Mr. Arbeit is experienced in representing a wide variety of clients in both in state and federal court and before various resolution dispute bodies. He has represented clients from a wide array of professions including individuals in the financial, corporate, sales, technology, health care, and hospitality services industries. Mr. Arbeit received his B.A. from the University of Florida, cum laude, and his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, graduating first in his class. He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and Western District of New York.


Reviews

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Melissa B.

Excellent speaker

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Allison T.

The speaker was very knowledgeable about the issues facing employers in sexual harassment context.

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Karen T.

Program was interesting and well done.

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Dennis G.

Another excellent and timely presentation!

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