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Jean Bender - Sexual Harassment

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2018 MACE Annual Conference presentation from Jean Bender of Davenport Evans.

Jean is an employment lawyer who councils clients on issues involving sexual harassment, race, age, gender, national origin and disability discrimination. Her presentation touches on sexual harassment issues present in today's society.

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Jean Bender - Sexual Harassment

  1. 1. HARASSMENT = RISKY BUSINESS Jean H. Bender Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, L.L.P. The contents of this presentation are not intended as legal advice. Please consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual circumstances. Copyright © 2018 by Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, L.L.P. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Alyssa Milano @Alyssa_Milano “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
  3. 3. Confusion
  4. 4. So…What Now?
  5. 5. It Could Never Happen Here
  6. 6. The Times They Are A-Changin’
  7. 7. Are Your Anti-Harassment Policies, Procedures, and Training Working?
  8. 8. 1. Race 2. Color 3. National Origin 4. Religion 5. Gender/sex (including pregnancy) 6. Sexual Orientation (??) 7. Age 8. Disability 9. Genetic Information 10. Military status 11. State Law Requirements Protected Classes
  9. 9. Severe and Pervasive
  10. 10. Quid Pro Quo/Hostile Work Environment
  11. 11. Faragher-Ellerth Affirmative Defense
  12. 12. Potential Problems • Supervisor Employee • Co-Worker Co-Worker • Client Employee • Vendor Employee • Same sex Same sex
  13. 13. • Robust Anti-Harassment Policy • Training Prevention
  14. 14. Communicate and demonstrate organizational commitment in policy and practice
  15. 15. What we don’t know can hurt us. Encourage Reporting
  16. 16. Empower the Bystander
  17. 17. Responding to a Complaint Investigation: • Respond promptly. • Conduct a complete and impartial investigation. • Confidentiality not guaranteed. • Communicate results to complaining party. Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP Sioux Falls, SD www.dehs.com
  18. 18. Retaliation
  19. 19. Law of Unintended Consequences
  20. 20. What about Consensual Relationships?
  21. 21. What about bullying?
  22. 22. Some are saying: “Bullying is sexual harassment of 20 years ago; everybody knows about it, but no one wants to admit it.”
  23. 23. Bullying v. Harassment
  24. 24. Business Impact
  25. 25. Should An Employer Adopt an Anti-Bullying Policy?
  26. 26. Other Options • Employee surveys • Training supervisors • EAP
  27. 27. Possible Legal Consequences?
  28. 28. Culture Matters
  29. 29. For more information contact: Jean H. Bender (605) 357-1224 jbender@dehs.com www.dehs.com Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP Sioux Falls, SD www.dehs.com

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