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Sexual Harassment

May 16, 2023

Judge OKs moving ahead with Alabama sheriff’s $2M settlement of sexual harassment lawsuit

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has granted permission for the Justice Department and an Alabama sheriff’s office to move forward with a $2 million settlement of a lawsuit claiming sheriff’s officials ignored female jailers who reported sexual harassment by male prisoners. The Justice Department sued the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office in 2021 saying […]

Jan 30, 2019

Jury selection for harassment cases in the #MeToo era

  At a time when the #MeToo movement is dominating headlines, everyone is talking about sexual harassment — around the water cooler, around the family table, and online. Media coverage of harassment is pervasive, and #MeToo posts regularly go viral on social media. Often, the issue is intertwined with partisan and divisive political views. In […]

Dec 12, 2018

A year after Kozinski, what’s changed?

It’s been one year since 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski retired in the face of allegations of improper sexual conduct and abusive practices toward colleagues and law clerks. Since then, much conversation has occurred in Congress and in the federal courts about how the federal judiciary can prevent similar issues from […]

Nov 29, 2018

Sexual harassment incidents increase in 2018

In early October, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its preliminary findings examining sexual harassment in the workplace over the past year. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, no one should be surprised to see the figures rise dramatically. The numbers demonstrate that employers need to be more vigilant than ever when it […]

Aug 16, 2018

Restaurant pays $75K to settle sex harassment lawsuit

  Two employees of an Applebee’s franchise located in North Myrtle Beach have agreed to settle claims that they were repeatedly sexually harassed by their assistant manager. They received  $75,000 and a company promise to improve working conditions. The two victims, who were sisters, said that despite complaining to other managers, they were regularly subjected […]

May 11, 2018

County dropped from lawsuit involving South Carolina sheriff

GREENVILLE (AP) A woman who has sued a South Carolina sheriff has agreed to drop the county and county administrator from the claim. A former employee of now-suspended Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis had sued the sheriff, the sheriff’s department, the county and the county administrator last year, claiming she was sexually harassed and assaulted […]

Apr 18, 2018

Sex with clients: Echoes of the “fee couch” audible in attorney’s reprimand

Once upon a time, the proclivity of male attorneys to make aggressive sexual advances against female clients was so pervasive that it garnered a name—the “fee couch,” implying that cash was not the only currency that such lawyers were willing to accept in exchange for legal services. Fortunately, those days are mostly in the past. […]

Feb 28, 2018

Columbia doctor accused of sexual harassment

Midlands Physical Medicine can be found on Hardscrabble Road in Columbia, which is a fitting location for the office, according to a sexual harassment lawsuit that describes a dysfunctional and inhospitable work environment. A 25-year-old single mother who worked as a receptionist at the office alleges in a complaint filed in Richland County in January […]

Jul 17, 2017

Labor & Employment – Sexual Harassment – Tort/Negligence – Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

LeBlanc v. Sunset Management, Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-081-17, 14 pp.) (Shiva Hodges, USMJ) 3:16-cv-00577; D.S.C. Holding: Because the parties did not address whether the behavior of plaintiffs’ supervisor (placing his hand on plaintiffs’ thighs and running his hand up their legs, pulling them close to him and kissing them on their cheeks, forcing plaintiffs […]

Jul 12, 2017

‘The Pence Policy’ : Male-female interaction rule may have pitfalls for employers

When The Washington Post published a profile of Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, in March, there was a brief anecdote near the story’s end that sent the internet into overdrive — a revelation that 15 years ago, the now-Veep told another interviewer that he never eats alone with a woman other than […]

May 8, 2017

Labor & Employment – Retaliation Claim – Sexual Harassment – Inadmissible Evidence – Pretext

Jones v. Eaton Corp. (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-118-17, 18 pp.) (J. Michelle Childs, J.) 3:15-cv-04236; D.S.C. Holding: Because the magistrate judge merely failed to consider the portions of plaintiff’s submissions that would be inadmissible or that were not made on personal knowledge, the magistrate judge did not improperly weigh plaintiff’s evidence. The court accepts the […]

May 2, 2017

Labor & Employment – Sexual Harassment – Continuing Wrong – Failure to Promote

Priest v. City of Abbeville (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-110-17, 23 pp.) (Timothy Cain, J.) 8:15-cv-02548; D.S.C. Holding: The continuing wrong doctrine does not save plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim because she did not timely file suit after receiving her first right-to-sue letter regarding her claims that former Police Chief Henderson had sexually harassed her, and the […]

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