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Labor & Employment Shareholder Sadina Montani was recently interviewed by Bloomberg Law, discussing sexual harassment and misconduct claims in the workplace, specifically in law firms. Ms. Montani, who represents many companies and law firms in this area, is well versed on the topic of sexual harassment, covering the issue in her four-part series, “Addressing Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era” in Corporate Compliance Insights, and presenting on the subject at the National Association of Women Judges Meeting on Capitol Hill on July 18, the CFO Club Seminar on May 16 and at many Vedder Price Labor and Employment seminars throughout the year.

Ms. Montani explains that there are certain “red flags” in companies such as law firms that can cause the underreporting of sexual harassment incidents. She notes that misconduct can occur if there are “huge differences in power dynamics” and “relatively little check on that power.” However, the article states that EEOC claims are dropping because law firms are potentially beginning to handle problems before they escalate. Ms. Montani agrees, stating “I’m seeing complaints being raised on a lower threshold,” perhaps when the misconduct is at “a level 3 instead of a level 8 and the behavior is still manageable.”

She concludes, “Really good proactive law firms have shored up the processes,” and are educating personnel at all levels. “I have done more anti-harassment training in the past six weeks than I’ve done in the past 18 months.”

To read the article in full in Bloomberg Law, please click here.

To learn more about harassment training sessions offered by Vedder Price Labor & Employment attorneys, please click here, or contact Sadina Montani, +1 (202) 312 3363, or any Vedder Price attorney with whom you have worked.


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