Kelly Dermody Speaks on Sexual Harassment at Women Judges Conference

Kelly Dermody Women Judges Conference

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Kelly Dermody will speak on the attorney panel at the upcoming National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) “#WETOO in the Legal Workplace” conference in Sacramento, California. The conference will present an exploration of sexual harassment in the legal setting in collaboration with the California Women Lawyers and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. [Read more…]

Huntington Hospital Gynecologist Repeatedly Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Medical Board

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The LA Times reports that Dr. Patrick Sutton, a noted Pasadena obstetrician, faces the suspension or loss of his license in the wake of a fifth accusation of sexual misconduct. In this fifth instance of alleged inappropriate behavior, state regulators accuse Sutton of making improper comments about a patient’s appearance and sex life. Though the previous accusations were available in public records, the Times notes that they were not previously reported in the media. [Read more…]

USC President Steps Down In Wake of Tyndall Sex Abuse Scandal

USC President Steps Down In Wake of Tyndall Sex Abuse Scandal

University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias stepped down on Tuesday in the wake of the school’s sex abuse scandal over the decades-long conduct of campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall. USC’s Trustees appointed alumna and former Aerospace Corp. president Wanda Austin as interim president until a permanent replacement can be found. [Read more…]

Long Overdue Changes Emerging on Sexual Harassment as USC Gynecologist Scandal Widens

Long Overdue Changes Emerging on Sexual Harassment as USC Gynecologist Scandal Widens

Op-ed piece by Lieff Cabraser associate Laura Heiman & summer associate Rachel Green

The #MeToo and Times Up movements have changed the national and global conversation about sexual harassment and assault, heralding the rise of an important and long-needed cultural shift. The #MeToo movement‘s encouragement of survivors to come forward to share their stories in solidarity has sparked a marked increase in the public reporting of sexual misconduct. [Read more…]

Comeback of Former Human Society CEO Wayne Pacelle Raises Questions of How the Organization Handled Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him

Comeback of Former Human Society CEO Wayne Pacelle Raises Questions of How the Organization Handled Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him

As the U.S.’s leading advocacy group for animals, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) typically shows annual revenues of approximately $230 million. However, the Washington DC-based nonprofit organization generated unwanted news headlines over the last year as its then-CEO Wayne Pacelle faced accusations of sexual harassment allegations by several women. Now, less than six months after resigning as HSUS CEO, Pacelle returns to the animal welfare sphere as he joins political action committee Animal Wellness Action, and questions are arising about how HSUS handled the charges against its former CEO. [Read more…]

Outrage Grows as USC Tyndall Doctor Sex Abuse Scandal Widens

Outrage Grows as USC Tyndall Doctor Sex Abuse Scandal Widens

Widespread media attention and public awareness are growing in the wake of the filing of a class action lawsuit on behalf of women who were patients of gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. as students at the University of Southern California (“USC”). [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Discusses Sexual Harassment & The Judiciary on ACS Bay Area Panel

Kelly Dermody Discusses Sexual Harassment & The Judiciary on ACS Bay Area Panel

On February 5, 2018, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody spoke on an American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) Bay Area panel titled “Sexual Harassment & The Judiciary: What’s Next After Kozinski?” The event will took place at Lieff Cabraser’s office in San Francisco, California. [Read more…]

Wall Street Often Left Unaccountable for Workplace Sexual Harassment – Is the System Rigged?

Wall Street Often Left Unaccountable for Workplace Sexual Harassment – Is the System Rigged?

Despite numerous women coming forward with workplace sexual harassment claims against male counterparts, there is one industry where senior executives seem to be left without any accountability for their misconduct – finance. And some women think enough is enough. The financial industry appears to spawn just as many cases of discrimination, harassment, abuse and assault as other industries, but the wealthy and powerful men of Wall Street don’t appear to suffer for their wrongdoing. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Lawyers Pitch In On ‘Time’s Up,’ New Legal Initiative Created To Combat Sexual Harassment

New Legal Defense Fund Created To Combat Sexual Harassment

300 prominent actresses, female agents, writers, directors, producers, and entertainment executives have joined forces to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond in blue-collar workplaces across the nation. The new initiative, called Time’s Up, includes funding for legal representation which will be coordinated and administered by the National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity. Lawyers interested in joining the NWLC’s Gender Equity effort can sign up here. Lieff Cabraser attorneys Kelly Dermody, Rachel Geman, Anne Shaver, Michelle Lamy, and Tiseme Zegeye have all joined the project in a concerted effort to combat sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuse in the workplace. [Read more…]

Seeking an End to Forced Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Cases

Seeking an End to Forced Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Cases

On December 6, sexual harassment survivor and former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson joined several members of Congress in unveiling new legislation restoring the rights of sexual harassment survivors to hold their workplace abusers publicly accountable in court. Although workplace sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, corporations use forced arbitration provisions in employment contracts and handbooks to silence women and cover-up the illegal behavior of abusers. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation aims to restore workers’ rights by putting an end to the abusive practice of forced arbitration in workplace sex discrimination claims and ensuring every survivor of sexual harassment has a chance to fight for justice in court. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody in USA Today on Best Steps for Reporting Sexual Harassment

Kelly Dermody Talks to USA Today on Best Steps for Reporting Sexual Harassment

USA Today has published an article on the steps employees should take in the event of experiencing sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace. The piece provides useful information to victims of inappropriate and harmful sexual behavior, and in light of variances between employers, laws, and states, USA Today consulted with lawyers to provide the best possible guidance. [Read more…]

223 Women Working in National Security Sign Open Letter on Sexual Harassment

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“This is not just a problem in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, newsrooms or Congress.”

223 current and former female national security workers have signed an open letter saying that they “have survived sexual harassment and assault or know someone who has experienced it.” The list includes current and former diplomats, servicemembers, development workers, and civil servants, and calls for mandatory training and outside data collection on how often sexual harassment occurs, as well as stronger reporting. “This is not just a problem in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, newsrooms or Congress. These abuses are born of imbalances of power and environments that permit such practices while silencing and shaming their survivors.” [Read more…]

Michelle Lamy Speaks at BASF “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” Seminar

Michelle Lamy Speaks at BASF “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” Seminar

The Bar Association of San Francisco Paralegal Section presents a Continuing Legal Education seminar titled “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Understanding Your Rights in the Age of Tech and Trump” on November 29, 2017 from 12:00pm-1:15pm. Lieff Cabraser paralegal manager Hazel Mottershead will moderate, while attorney Michelle Lamy will be speaking on the panel. [Read more…]

Vast Majority of Silicon Valley Sexual Harassment Cases Buried in Shadows of Legal Clauses

Vast Majority of Silicon Valley Sexual Harassment Cases Buried in Shadows of Legal Clauses

Numerous scandals over Silicon Valley workplace misconduct have unfolded recently, particularly with regard to gender discrimination. Although more and more women are coming forward with allegations relating to what is reported to be rampant sexual harassment in the high-tech work environment, there persistent employment and contract policies that work to prevent aggrieved employees from speaking up and taking a stand. [Read more…]