The Calm After the Storm? How the Legal Implications of the #MeToo Movement Have Influenced Human Resources Departments to Restructure Sexual Harassment Policies

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Written By: Michelle Fleenor

Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

            Prior to the inception of the #MeToo movement, which cast a spotlight on the prevalence of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, sexual harassment in the workplace was not as highly scrutinized and was often resolved without sufficient investigation from either human resources (“HR”) departments or the businesses themselves.[1]   Continue reading “The Calm After the Storm? How the Legal Implications of the #MeToo Movement Have Influenced Human Resources Departments to Restructure Sexual Harassment Policies”

“We’ve Got Four Stars on Our Shirt”: U.S. Women’s National Team Highlighting Ongoing Pay Discrimination

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By: Catherine Collins
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Introduction

            The United States Women’s National Soccer Team (“USWNT” or “women’s team”) has historically dominated in their realm of competition.  As a team employed and compensated by the U.S. Soccer Federation (“Federation”), the players are discontent with how they have been compensated for their achievements by the Federation. Continue reading ““We’ve Got Four Stars on Our Shirt”: U.S. Women’s National Team Highlighting Ongoing Pay Discrimination”

The Culture of Silence: The Impact of #metoo on Nondisclosure Agreements

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By: Whitney Lott

Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Introduction

While the #MeToo movement has forced national reflection, a new enemy of safety in the workplace has come to light: the nondisclosure agreement.  Nondisclosure agreements, once an anomaly of the tech industry, are now taking center stage in the national consciousness with its connection to the #Metoo movement. Employers of predators must now take stock if they are partially to blame for the culture of silence surrounding abuse in their companies due to the proliferation of these nondisclosure agreements. The use of nondisclosure provisions or confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements has forced victims of sexual misconduct, including the victims of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly and even Larry Nassar, to remain silent on matters concerning the sexual abuse or harassment perpetrated on them.[1] Continue reading “The Culture of Silence: The Impact of #metoo on Nondisclosure Agreements”