The #MeToo movement brought to light numerous allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace, led to the downfall of many high-profile careers, and sparked a national conversation on the need for better training and policing in the workplace. As a result, many employers took the matter to heart, taking a new look at their anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training, policies and enforcement efforts.
Speaking on a panel of attorneys at the 2018 Employers Counsel Network Conference in New Orleans, LA, McAfee & Taft labor and employment lawyer Courtney Bru reflects on the resulting sea change in attitudes toward workplace harassment and related issues, such as gender-based pay and other discrimination. Topics include:
- Best practices for defending against sexual harassment claims, including how to address old or perhaps even time-barred claims and public fallout
- The uptick in demand for harassment training and compliance tools, what works/doesn’t work, and what to do when sexual harassment is alleged or uncovered
- What employers can do to create an environment in which harassment is reported immediately, limiting the depth and breadth of the damages to the victims and the organization
The Employers Counsel Network is comprised of more than 200 employment law attorneys from top-level law firms in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Canada. McAfee & Taft is the exclusive member firm representing Oklahoma.