Articles by Rachel Ablin, Esq.
ME TOO Congress Act Would Strengthen Protections for Sexual Harassment Victims on Capitol Hill
The #metoo movement has done more than create an unprecedented awareness of sexual assault; it also led to lawmakers introducing and passing legislation to address sexual assault in Congress. In the wake of Congressional sexual assault scandals involving sitting legislators and candidates, the Senate Anti-Harassment Training Resolution of 2017 was passed.
Factors To Consider When Using Internal Investigators
When choosing an investigator or team to look into alleged workplace misconduct, organizations must determine whether to use internal resources or to bring in third party investigators from outside the company. When using internal personnel to conduct interviews, gather evidence and make recommendations, companies can benefit from the investigator’s in-depth knowledge of the organization. However, relying on in-house staff to make recommendations also comes with some potential pitfalls that could be avoided by using an external third party.
Making Credibility Determinations in Workplace Investigations
In some employee misconduct allegations, the facts are clear and undisputed. However, in others, the outcome hinges on how credible the investigator feels the complainant and/or witnesses are. When one person’s statements contradict or simply don’t align with what someone else said happened, you may need to make a judgment call. Consider the following questions when you’re faced with this type of “he said/she said” investigation
Are These Subtle Forms of Gender Discrimination Occurring in Your Workplace?
Although we’ve made great strides as a society to eliminate gender discrimination, it’s still a persistent and pervasive problem. Gender discrimination in the workplace can take many forms; it’s not always blatant or obvious.
How 2017’s Sexual Harassment Actions and Claims May Impact 2018 and Beyond
2017 saw a seismic shift in public discourse about sexual harassment; one after another, powerful and influential people found themselves under a...
Committing to a Positive Company Culture Can Help Limit Workplace Misconduct
The news over recent months has been dominated by sexual harassment claims against many powerful and influential people, including Good Morning...
Failing to Respond to Employee Complaints
In recent weeks, #metoo has become a trending topic on social media as more and more people are coming forward with their own stories of having been sexually harassed, assaulted or abused.
Learning From the Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein
The news in the U.S. over the past several weeks has been dominated by sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood...
Whistleblowers and Internal Investigations
Every internal investigation into allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing should be handled carefully. However, when someone within your...
Does Your Internal Investigation Present a Conflict of Interest?
Allegations of workplace misconduct can occur in any organization, in any industry. In investigating the merits of such allegations, companies need...