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The new sexual revolution: radical changes to US harassment laws

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP


The sexual harassment foundation you have known for 30 years – and upon which all your in-house training, HR policies, and legal and HR instincts are built – is in the process of being neatly demolished by a wave of new and proposed legislation that turns established standards of employer liability on their head. This webinar will explain these sweeping changes and explore the impact on employers operating in the United States, including:

  • Changes to the law
  • Proposed legislation
  • Impact on employer policies
  • Proposed best practices to reduce new forms of liability


Barbara E Hoey

Barbara Hoey is chair of Kelley Drye’s labour and employment practice group and a member of the firm’s executive committee. In her third decade of practice, Ms Hoey focuses her practice on counselling management and defending employers in single-plaintiff and class action litigations. Her industry expertise is both broad and deep, ranging from healthcare and telecommunications to education, non-profit and beyond. She has numerous jury and bench trial victories involving claims under Title VII, the Fair Labour Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York State Whistleblower Law, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. She is consistently recognised in Chambers USA (2008-2018) and described by her clients as “extremely good at negotiating”, “tenacious” and having a “laser-like focus”.  

Mark A Konkel

Mark Konkel is a partner in Kelley Drye’s labour and employment practice group. Mr Konkel provides strategic advice on employment and labour law compliance, best practices and policies in HR management, discrimination law, employee privacy, protection of intellectual property, restrictive covenants, and business expansions and reductions. He has helped many companies to develop, refine and implement HR processes and strategies. He leads companies through sensitive internal and government investigations and has served as lead labour and employment law counsel in mergers and acquisitions for companies in various industries. He believes that the best result is to avoid employment and labour-related conflict altogether, but when disputes do arise, he vigorously defends his clients and has a superior track record in litigation and arbitrations involving discrimination, labour, commercial claims, employee privacy, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, employment agreements and wage-and-hour laws.   


Barbara E. Hoey
Mark A. Konkel


24 September 2019
15:00 - 15:55 UTC
55 min