Speaking Engagements

Jeffrey Horton Thomas will present at the Association for Corporate Counsel (ACC) on new laws affecting confidentiality agreements in sexual harassment settlements. Chief among the more than 1,000 bills Governor Brown signed into law in 2018 are first-in-the-country obligations on employers to prevent sex and other harassment and measures undercutting employers' ability to defend and settle harassment suits. The laws going into effect January 1, 2019, include a measure barring the use of traditional confidentiality provisions in sex harassment settlements, a statement of legislative intent that it is rarely proper to grant summary judgment in a sex harassment lawsuit, broad expansions of employer liability for harassment other than gender-based harassment, and requirements that ever more employees be given harassment prevention training, and in some circumstances, provide training on human trafficking. The presentation will cover the many new requirements and spot the ones that require the organization's attention. 

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