USA: Law firms should set up policies & training against client harassment, say experts

Author: Caroline Spiezio, Corporate Counsel, on National Law Journal (USA), Published on: 20 December 2018

"Harassment From Clients Can Stunt Women's Careers, but Few Firms Are Trying to Stop It", 17 Dec 2018

...Numerous women told Corporate Counsel that sexual harassment by clients is not uncommon in the legal industry, with stories ranging from uncomfortable comments to repeated unwanted propositions to assault.

Women often don’t report these incidents, fearing retaliation or lack of support from their firms, many of which do not have policies against client harassment...

 

Training lawyers at all levels can prevent sexual harassment from escalating by teaching partners early signs...

Training can also help management guide and support associates approaching them with allegations against a client...

 

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