The “Me Too” movement has emboldened women to come forward with stories of sexual harassment, according to employment lawyer Kathleen Connelly, a partner at Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper in Westfield and Red Bank. As she explains to U.S. 1 newspaper, she has seen a sharp uptick in business because people are much more aware and much less tolerant of workplace sexual harassment than even a few months ago.
Connelly represents employers in sexual harassment cases, conducts training on the subject and performs outside investigations of harassment claims. She will host a webinar sponsored by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association on Wednesday, January 31, at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.njbia.org.
Connelly says businesses need to do three things to prevent harassment at their workplace.
- conduct training so that harassment doesn’t become an issue in the first place.
- have clearly established procedures in place; and
- thoroughly and fairly investigate any claim in good faith and take appropriate action.