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Vedder Thinking | Articles Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment: Employee Relations in the #MeToo Era

The following Thought Leadership articles, authored by Vedder Price Labor & Employment attorneys, address the #MeToo movement’s impact on human resource departments, the issues surrounding workplace sex harassment allegations, investigations and claims, and the recent legislation passed in certain jurisdictions addressing employers’ new obligations.  

The #MeToo movement has brought to light allegations of misconduct by members of countless industries. As a result, in workplaces and on social media, we’re beginning to discuss in earnest what constitutes workplace harassment and what employers’ obligations are in combating it. Is your company holding these conversations, and do you know what to discuss? Vedder Price Labor & Employment Shareholders Amy L. Bess and Sadina Montani are taking an in-depth look at how companies can move forward in the era of #MeToo through a four-part series published by Corporate Compliance Insights. Click below to read the published articles in full.

Part One of Four Addressing Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era: Best Practices for Investigating Allegations

Part Two of Four  Addressing Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era: The Rights of the Alleged Harasser

Part Three of Four – Addressing Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era: The Superstar Harasser  Is Anyone Really Too Big to Lose?

Part Four of Four – Addressing Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era: The Same Old Workplace Training Won't Cut It

Following on the heels of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, the New York State Legislature and the New York City Council have passed significant legislation aimed at providing greater protection against workplace sexual harassment. Consisting of 11 separate bills, the New York City Council passed the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act on April 11, 2018, which awaits the final signature of Mayor de Blasio. Signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo one day later on April 12, 2018, the New York State Budget Bill for Fiscal Year 2019 further develops the landscape of existing state and citywide employer obligations. Vedder Price Shareholders Jonathan A. Wexler and Blythe E. Lovinger, and Associate Monique E. Chase outline what was passed and how it will impact businesses below. 

New York State and City Pass Sweeping Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws Amid #MeToo

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Amy L. Bess


Monique E. Chase


Blythe E. Lovinger


Sadina Montani


Jonathan A. Wexler