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Impact of the #MeToo Movement: Changes in Enforcement and State Law
Presented by Kara M. Maciel and Lindsay A. DiSalvo

Over the past three years, we have seen the continued momentum of the #MeToo Movement and its impacts – beyond the immediate and direct effects of the specific allegations – have taken shape. Back in 2017, the #MeToo Movement was invigorated by a slew of high-profile allegations of sexual harassment and assault and tens of thousands of people, largely women, voicing their own experiences on social media using the hashtag “Metoo.” In the wake of the prominence of the Movement and its influence on the discourse surrounding issues of harassment, the states and the federal government have taken action to tackle what they see as the underlying issues that foster harassment. And one of the main areas of focus has been preventing and addressing sexual harassment in the work environment.

Indeed, several states, such as New York and Illinois, have passed laws requiring employers to implement such things as sexual harassment prevention policies and training at their facilities – some of the laws even specifically describe what those policies and/or trainings must contain. Other states have also implemented such restrictions as bans on including sexual harassment claims in mandatory arbitration agreements. Simultaneously, we have seen an uptick in the number of sexual harassment charges filed and pursued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Thus, it is essential for employers to understand the legal requirements and restrictions surrounding this issue to ensure compliance with federal and state law.

Participants will learn about the following:
• The legal standards for sexual harassment and their nuances;
• New state law requirements for sexual harassment prevention policies and training;
• General recommendations for anti-harassment policies, complaint procedures, and training; and
• Best Practices for investigating and addressing complaints of sexual harassment

Apr 22, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Kara M. Maciel
Founding Partner and Chair, Labor • Employment Practice Group @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Kara M. Maciel is a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm's national Labor • Employment Practice Group. She focuses her practice on representing employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. Ms. Maciel works to create workplace solutions for her clients across all industries. She defends employers in litigation at both the federal and state levels, including matters related to ADA, FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, and affirmative action/OFCCP regulations. She advises clients regarding the protection of trade secrets and the misappropriation of confidential or proprietary information, both defending employers and pursuing enforcement against former employees. Ms. Maciel counsel employers on how to develop lawful strategies to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Lindsay A. DiSalvo
Associate, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Lindsay A. DiSalvo is an associate in both Conn Maciel Carey LLP's national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group and Labor and Employment Group, where she focuses her practice on all aspects of occupational safety & health law. Ms. DiSalvo represents employers in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving OSHA, the Chemical Safety Board, MSHA, EPA and state and local safety related agencies. She also handles all aspects of OSHA litigation, from criminal prosecutions to appeals of citations.