Preventing and Defending Sexual Harassment Claims in Connecticut

November 7, 20024:30pm
East Hartford Holiday Inn
A practical, one-day seminar designed for attorneys and personnel managers confronting the issue of sexual harassment

SEMINAR AGENDA

I. OVERVIEW

A. History and Development of Sexual Harassment Law
B. What Conduct Constitutes Sexual Harassment?
C. Forms of Sexual Harassment

  • Hostile Environmental Sexual Harassment
  • Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment
  • Same Sex Harassment
  • Sexual Favoritism
D. Recent Case Law and Legislative Developments

II. IMPACT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1991

A. Remedies
B. Increase in Litigation

III. PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS

A. What Every Employee Handbook and Manual Should Contain
B. Effective Techniques for Handling Internal Sexual Harassment Complaints

  • Prompt Investigation
  • Effective Documentation
  • Supervisor Training
C. Privacy Concerns
D. Employee files and Documentation
E. Avoiding Defamation Charges

IV. PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR HANDLING SEXUAL HARASSMENT CHARGES BEFORE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES

A. Jurisdiction of EEOC and State and Local Agencies
B. Responding to a Charge of Discrimination
C. Investigation by the Agency
D. Settlement and Concilliation
E. Determination and Appeal

V. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR LEGAL COUNSEL

A. The Code of Professional Conduct
B. Interviewing Defendant’s Current and Former Employees
C. Joint Representation of Employer and Alleged Harasser

VI. DEFENDING THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT SUIT

A. Pretrial Techniques and Strategies
B. Burdens of Proof

  • Employer Burden
  • Employee Burden
C. Summary Judgment Strategies
D. Winning the Case at Trial

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