Published: August 29, 2018

As discussed in a prior blog, the State of New York passed anti-sexual harassment legislation earlier this year that expanded coverage of the non-discrimination law to non-employees (e.g., contractors, vendors, consultants) and prohibited things such as mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims and non-disclosure provisions in settlement agreements for sexual harassment claims.

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Published: July 12, 2018

Earlier this year, several New Jersey Senators introduced Bill S121 aimed at prohibiting provisions in employment contracts or settlement agreements which have "the purpose or effect of concealing the details relating to a claim of discrimination, retaliation, or harassment."  This Bill not only seeks to prohibit non-disclosure provisions which often appear in sexual harassment settlements, but also to prohibit the waiver of "any substantive or procedural right relating to a claim of discrimination, retaliation, or harassment."  Having been passed by the Senate by a vote of 34-1 o

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Published: April 27, 2018

The state of New York and New York City both recently moved to address issues involving sexual harassment in the workplace by passing a number of different laws that will increase awareness and expand protections for instances of sexual harassment at work. Below are the key takeaways from the new state and city laws that employers need to know.

New York State

The New York state laws are the result of anti-sexual harassment legislation included in the state’s 2019 budget, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo earlier this month.

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Published: January 16, 2018

Employers and employees alike may see big changes in the upcoming year regarding state laws dealing with sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. Following the allegations against former film producer Harvey Weinstein and the rise of the #MeToo movement, the legislative floodgates have opened as a number of states have proposed bills attempting to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Published: October 31, 2017

As sexual harassment becomes the subject of national conversation, some cities, such as Chicago, are making significant changes to laws in an effort to reduce harassment. A recent survey of hotels in the Chicagoland area revealed that more than half of women surveyed were sexually harassed or assaulted while at their job. As a result, on October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance aimed at protecting hotel workers.

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