ABA releases sexual harassment handbook for lawyers

“Amid renewed national attention on workplace sexual misconduct and bullying, the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession has released a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment. The manual, “Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession,” contains practical advice for legal employers and employees, including sample policies for prohibiting harassment and for progressive discipline. “Not so long ago, many people in the legal profession asked whether sexual harassment was really a problem,” ABA President Hilarie Bass said. “Today, everyone understands that sexual harassment is a problem in every workplace, often one that employers are either not aware of or have not addressed appropriately. Our goal today is to make sure that our workplaces are environments free of harassing behavior and that, to the extent that such behavior does…

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