GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week


Law360 (March 23, 2018, 4:39 PM EDT) -- President Donald Trump said he will likely nominate the solo practitioner who took on UPS in a pregnancy discrimination case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court as general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and female general counsels shared with Law360 how they're transforming their legal departments and other women's professional lives. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week?

How You Can Minimize Legal Risk When Firing Alleged Harassers

Conductor James Levine's decision to sue the New York Metropolitan Opera earlier this month after he was fired over allegations he molested young musicians shows employers not only run the risk of being sued when they ignore allegations of workers' misconduct, but when they take action as well.

Because the law obligates employers to investigate and take action to end harassment and assault, workers like Levine will generally have a tough time proving they were wronged, attorneys say. But they say there are a handful of steps employers can and should take to reduce their potential exposure when they decide to fire someone accused of harassment or worse.

"There's nothing in the law that requires, if you're an employee at-will, that you get due process," said Anderson Kill PC attorney Dona Kahn. "But it's incumbent, I believe, on companies and universities and institutions, not to rush to judgment."

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