Each Wednesday at 11 am PT (2 pm ET), my co-host Joey Vitale and I share legal/biz tips on the LegalHour.live to help keep you safe when doing business. Over the last two weeks, we shared advice on what you need to know and do, as an employee or employer, when it comes to avoiding and handling sexual harassment and sexual assault cases.
On this episode, we explained the different burdens of proof and how to document evidence.
Today’s New Yorker magazine story alleges that Hollywood film executive, Harvey Weinstein, used his position of power to sexually harass and rape multiple women. Famous actors like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Ashley Judd, all share a common story that goes something like this.
According to published facts, Weinstein would create an environment where he would end up alone with a young female. It’s reported that he would then make sexual advances, ask for a massage, or masturbate in front of the victim. Another common theme seemed to be that Weinstein would dangle, like a carrot, promises of movies and fame in exchange for sexual favors.
Unfortunately, the Weinstein story mirrors decades-old allegations of wrongful sexual conduct. From Bill Cosby to Donald Trump, the same questions come up over and over. Why don’t survivors come forward sooner? How can victims protect themselves from sexual harassment in the workplace?
As a trial lawyer and father of two young adults getting ready to enter the workforce, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you, four ways you can protect yourself from sexual harassment (unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate touching by co-workers, sexually hostile work environments) in the workplace.