When Law Librarians Hear #MeToo (D2)

Date + Time: Monday, July 15, 2019: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Speakers: Grace Speights, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

BoK Domains: Management + Business Acumen, Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

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The #MeToo movement has ignited a powerful dialogue about sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of misogyny in the workplace. Taking prompt, fair, and thorough action in response to complaints of harassment has never been more important for employers than it is today. Employees are emboldened by the movement. Media outlets abound with scandalous stories of sexual harassment, making good publicity for reputable companies harder to come by.

Consequently, sexual misconduct liability and reputational risk is higher than it has ever been. Policies prohibiting workplace harassment and discrimination are simply not sufficient. The most effective way to reduce the potential for litigation and business risk is to improve workplace culture. Law librarians who work with lawyers, faculty, judges, students, support staff, and pro se litigants should immediately review their current policies and practices related to sexual harassment. Any company or institution wanting to do more than just respond to sexual harassment should focus its efforts on taking additional steps designed to prevent sexual harassment before it occurs.

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