The California Lawyers Association is hosting #MeToo After the Dust Has Settled, featuring LVBH partner Jean Hyams, on July 14, 2020. Jean and her co-panelist, defense attorney Rhonda L. Nelson of Severson & Werson, will explore how the #MeToo movement has changed the manner in which employment litigators — on both sides of the “v” — approach sexual harassment cases.
The #MeToo movement has led to high profile cases in media, entertainment, and politics. Social scientists are busy assessing whether it represents a “norms cascade” – a precipitous shift in social expectations and standards – and how deep or sustained the long-term cultural change will be. But #MeToo has certainly impacted what factors to consider when evaluating and litigating cases.
Jean will discuss why, before signing up a case for litigation, care should be taken to understand what approaches will provide the best outcome to resolve the dispute. She will also address why it is critical for plaintiff-side lawyers to develop competence in representing trauma survivors.
Additionally, as one of the sexual harassment lawyers involved in drafting some of the key new California laws in the wake of #MeToo, Jean will address what those changes – from the longer statute of limitations to the ban on confidentiality clauses in some cases to the statutory guidance on summary judgment – mean for how employment lawyers prosecute or defend cases.
Speaking from the defense perspective, Rhonda Nelson will explain the impacts of the #MeToo changes on employers, including best practices for investigating employee complaints.