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Ian Carleton Schaefer Quoted in “In Era of #MeToo, NYC Businesses to Adapt to New Sexual Harassment Standards”

The Jewish Voice

Ian Carleton Schaefer, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s New York office, was quoted in The Jewish Voice, in “In Era of #MeToo, NYC Businesses to Adapt to New Sexual Harassment Standards,” by Emma Urlich.

Following is an excerpt:

In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the revelation to many men that the majority of women in their lives have been and will continue to be subjected to harassment and discrimination, New York decided to try and create some solutions to the problem with new campaigns. The state and city are trying to change the way businesses think about and handle sexual harassment in the workplace, but some businesses are having a hard time keeping up with the new guidelines and training, which some researchers don’t believe go far enough to make real change, according to the New York Post.

Businesses need to start implementing new training requirements and policies for employees that are meant to try and stop all forms of harassment. The businesses have to comply by Oct. 9, according to the New York Post. Whether or not the businesses meet the deadline may be more of a moot point now that a number of those businesses look more ready to challenge the changes than to accept them. …

Even the lawyers take some umbrage with the new initiatives, despite seeing the need for them. Ian Carleton Schaefer, who works for Epstein Becker Green as an expert in employment law, was happy that the government wants to do something about the problem of harassment but told the New York Post he believes that “the annual requirement and 2019 deadlines for compliance can be challenging for large enterprise employers.”