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Survey says? A look at the industry-specific sexual harassment survey boom in the wake of #MeToo

Janice Rubin and Maria Luisa Vitti Unfortunately, there is no Steve Harvey here, no witty responses and no cash prizes.  Instead, the surveys we reference are the numerous industry-specific sexual harassment surveys that have been recently circulated in the wake of the #MeToo movement. #MeToo sparked more than discussion of sexual harassment in Hollywood, as

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Law Society of British Columbia disciplines lawyer who admits sexual harassment

Months before the #MeToo movement exposed the world’s entertainment and media elite, the Law Society of British Columbia issued a discipline decision that was a first in British Columbia and is one of only a few similar decisions in Canada.  The January 2017 decision, involving a Victoria based lawyer, confirms that sexual harassment by a

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What’s love got to do with it? How to manage workplace romance

Sexual harassment in the workplace has been all over the news lately. Most people are hopefully getting the message that harassment in all its forms, including vexatious comments and non-consensual touching, is unacceptable. Employers need to keep in mind, however, that even consensual workplace relationships can come with a host of problems. Although they are

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“Locker Room Talk”: Defining sexual harassment in the Alberta case of Watkins v. Willow Park Golf Course

To say sexual harassment is a hot topic at the moment is an understatement. From Donald Trump’s now infamous Access Hollywood tape to multiple reports at Fox News to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there is heightened awareness of the seriousness of sexual harassment and its impacts, particularly in the workplace. Despite the high profile nature

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What employers can learn from #MeToo

I started seeing the #metoo hashtag being posted by friends and acquaintances on Twitter and Facebook one Sunday evening, and by the next morning it seemed that every woman I knew had chimed in. For those who don’t know, a picture started circulating on social media that read: If all the women who have been

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A class act in BC: Challenging universities’ sexual harassment policies

In the last two months alone, there have been numerous reports of students alleging that their university mishandled complaints of sexual harassment. From Ontario to BC, it is clear that Canadian students want their post-secondary institutions to address the longstanding and highly charged issue of sexual harassment on campus – but not without their participation

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Rehiring the man who had sexually harassed her over a decade before, triggers employee’s constructive dismissal

Constructive dismissal cases are tricky. The onus is on the employee to prove her case, often in the face of strong opposition from the employer. Moreover, the test is an objective one.  It is not the employee’s subjective assessment of the workplace conditions that rules the day.  Rather, it is the legal decision maker’s assessment

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Fire at the roots: Tackling sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces

It has been less than two years since Madame Justice Marie Deschamps released her report in which she described an “underlying sexualized culture in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) that is hostile to women and LGBTQ members […],” and called for “broad-scale cultural reform,” among other things. In response, the CAF established “Operation Honour” and

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