Sexual Harassment and the 'Great Awakening': Now What?

Presenters: Victoria Lipnic, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and Jonathan A. Segal, Duane Morris LLP 
View live: January 17, 2018, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT (available for on-demand viewing through May 2017)

Program length: 60 minutes

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Because they had well-established policies and practices in place, many employers believed they had adequately addressed sexual harassment in their workplace. But a series of high-profile harassment allegations against leading figures in entertainment, the media, business and politics has served as a wakeup call for HR professionals, senior leaders, company shareholders and customers alike. They are not asking "Where do we start?" but rather "What more can we do?" 

In this program, Victoria Lipnic, acting chair of the EEOC, and Jonathan A. Segal, a partner at Duane Morris, contributor to HR Magazine and monthly contributor to the SHRM Blog, will attempt to answer that question. Based on the findings of an exhaustive study by the EEOC's Select Task Force on Harassment, this program will examine how employers in all industries can step up their training and policies to prevent harassment at all levels of the organization. Lipnic and Segal will discuss how to engage company leaders in harassment prevention and how to react when allegations of harassment arise, regardless of who within (or outside) the organization the charges are levied against. 

Make plans to attend this program so that you can answer senior leaders when they ask, "What should we be doing now?" 

Learn about our speakerAbout the Presenters: Victoria Lipnic is acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on which she has served since 2010. From 2015 through 2016, she co-chaired the EEOC's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. Prior to coming to the EEOC, Lipnic was of counsel to the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in its Washington, D.C., office. She has a breadth of experience working with federal labor and employment laws, most recently as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards, a position she held from 2002 until 2009. Lipnic's government experience also includes service as workforce policy counsel to the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before that, she acted as in-house counsel for labor and employment matters to the U.S. Postal Service for six years. 

Jonathan A. Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in its Employment Practices Group. Previously a litigator, Segal’s practice now focuses entirely on preventive counseling, strategic planning, management training and policy development. He has been cited as a national authority on employment issues in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as in the recent Time magazine "Person of the Year" article on victims of sexual harassment. He has published approximately 300 full-length articles and blogs for national publications on employment issues, including for HR Magazine, the SHRM Blog and Entrepreneur. Segal has testified before the EEOC on social media and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on background checks. He also served as a member of the EEOC's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. 

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Viewing this webcast in its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM and recertification from the HR Certification Institute (general credit). 

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