This Lawyer Isn’t Protecting A Harvey Weinstein In Your Workplace

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Below is a link to an article in which the implication, or maybe more than implication, seems to be that lawyers work with employers to protect sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein in the workplace.  I’ve advised lots of employers, large and small, for more than twenty five years, and that isn’t anything I’ve ever done, nor would I.  Frankly, I don’t think I’m the only one. Not only would that just be bad business but it would be wrong. If an employer truly has a sexual predator in their midst they need to get rid of them as soon as possible. Period. No good can come from that.  It doesn’t matter who they are. CEO, owner’s child, whoever, they need to go. I’d never enable a corrupt employer. If you’re a corrupt employer looking for an enabler don’t contact me.  But, I can say from experience, there are instances when accusations are largely, or entirely, unsubstantiated. There are others when the accusations seem contrived, or exaggerated, or both. It can be difficult sometimes to sort this out. While you don’t want to risk allowing a sexual predator to claim another victim you also don’t want to condemn an innocent employee just because they’ve been accused. This is why investigations into accusations like this have to be handled promptly, thoroughly, and delicately.  Anyway, do cover ups of sexual harassment happen, with or without the assistance of lawyers, yes.  Is it commonplace? No it isn’t. This article is misleading in that respect, which is unfortunate. There is a way to write an article where you identify a problem, and put it in proper perspective. Writing this way besmirches far more lawyers and employers than warranted. I’ll continue to point it out when I see similarly inappropriate writing on business law topics. Incidentally, the photo has no connection whatsoever to this article, it’s just a pretty picture I took! Thought you might like it.

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