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Not Just a Hashtag: Legislation Created by #MeToo [VIDEO]

On November 5, 2019, Bracewell attorneys Amy Karff Halevy and Becky Baker discussed the ways in which sexual harassment and discrimination laws are dramatically changing at the state and local level in the wake of the #MeToo movement. The webinar focused on certain aspects of these new laws which may ultimately shape the legal landscape for sexual harassment and discrimination claims for years to come. Wen took a look at the following concepts:

  • Changes in the "severe and pervasive" standard necessary to demonstrate sexual harassment in the workplace

  • The chipping away of the "Faragher-Ellerth defense" to sexual harassment claims 

  • Extensions of the statute of limitations for filing sexual harassment claims

  • Limitations regarding the use and extent of confidentiality provisions in separation and other agreements

  • Prohibitions against employer mandates to arbitrate sexual harassment and discrimination claims

  • Laws restricting the request for or disclosure of employee compensation information in an effort to combat gender based pay discrimination

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Amy Karff Halevy, Employment, Attorney, Bracewell law firm

Amy Halevy counsels and represents employers in all areas of employment law. She guides her business clients in the preparation and application of employment policies and procedures. Amy also provides valued advice in assisting with complex and high level company investigations when there are concerns of employee misconduct or in other areas related to the employment relationship. She has successfully represented employers for more than 25 years in matters related to discrimination, harassment, and other employment-related claims.

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Rebecca L. Baker, Bracewell, State Court Litigation Lawyer, Employment Handbooks Attorney

Rebecca Baker counsels and represents employers in all areas of employment law. She represents employers involved in federal and state court litigation and advises and represents them with respect to administrative claims. Becky's experience includes matters involving retaliation, whistleblower protection, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour issues. In addition to litigation, she works with management clients to draft employment policies and employee handbooks and to address issues related to the hiring, retention and termination of employees. Becky also advises clients regarding labor and employment matters in the context of business sales and acquisitions.