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Lawyers Too: Recent Developments in the Legal Profession’s #MeToo Moment

In my legal writing class my first year of law school, each student presented mock oral arguments, and received feedback from classmates.  Following my argument, I was told that I was “persuasive” and “well prepared,” but what resonated most was the handful of classmates who described my argument as “aggressive.”  One classmate felt that I […]

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Female Breadwinners: Sorry Not Sorry

New Census Bureau research, comparing the amount of money couples report to the Census with “true” earnings from IRS tax records, shows a surprising result: when women in different-sex couples earn more than their male spouses, “[h]usbands say they earn more than they are and wives underreport their income.” Both spouses exaggerate the man’s earnings […]

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New York Prohibits Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims

The #MeToo movement has shined an unflattering light on employer-mandated arbitration agreements, which commonly prevent victims of sexual harassment from speaking publicly about their experiences. Mandatory and confidential arbitration has the effect of forcing women into silence, while allowing perpetrators to continue to harass and assault other employees.  With the rise of the #MeToo movement, […]

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U.S. Tennis Scores A Win for Pregnant Players, But Too Many Pregnant Women Face Discrimination At Work

It’s been a big month for reducing the stigma of pregnant women at work: First, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, 37, became the first world leader in three decades to give birth while in office (and only the second world leader overall ever!). Second, in a move aptly billed as “an ace […]

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New York City’s New Law Seeks to Address and Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment

On May 9, 2018, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act (the “Act”), amending the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to proactively combat sexual harassment in the workplace. The Act, passed by the New York City Council in the wake of the #MeToo movement, creates new […]

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Evidence-Based: Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in Medicine Are Well-Established; It’s Time to Use the Law to Cure the Profession

Posted March 7th, 2018 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

When will #MeToo come to medicine? While high-profile cases of sexual misconduct have rocked individual medical institutions—Yale in 2014 and 2015; USC in 2017; and Michigan State this year—the profession has escaped the level of public scrutiny sweeping entertainment, media, academia, and politics. And it’s not for lack of evidence. A study appearing in the […]

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Recognizing GOOD Guys

Posted January 16th, 2018 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

The past few years, and particularly the past few months, have been a very interesting time to be a gender discrimination lawyer focusing on gender issues, particularly in the legal profession. We have been having a national conversation about pay equity, and every day more women lawyers are asking questions about the fairness of their […]

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Confidential Settlements: An Option for Victims Who Don’t Want to Be Named

Posted November 30th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

As increasing numbers of women come forward to speak out about sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, many news commentators have called for an end to confidential discrimination settlements. The intentions behind this call are honorable and righteous, but the reality may be more complicated. Confidential settlements offer benefits for victims. Not every victim […]

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What Rights Do I Have If I Signed A Non-Disclosure Agreement Or Confidential Settlement Of Employment Discrimination Case With My Employer?

Revelations that Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly entered into serial confidential settlements with women who claimed they were sexually harassed in the workplace has brought a great deal of attention to non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses in settlement agreements. Indeed, this increased attention has lead lawmakers in certain states to propose changes in […]

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: An Overview

Posted October 17th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Sexual harassment is all over the news. Harvey Weinstein, the cinematic giant, has been exposed as a loathsome lothario, a serial abuser of women, and a poster child of male privilege and abuse in the movie industry. Weinstein and sexual harassment are now inextricably linked in the public imagination, and, it seems, never the twain […]

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