In 1986, the Supreme Court defined sexual harassment in a case called Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, which involved allegations of coerced sexual intercourse. Beginning in 2017, the #MeToo Movement again focused attention on the role sexual harassment plays in the workplace and society more generally with a flood of allegations against figures in media, government, Hollywood, and corporate America. Now, almost five years later, we can begin to reflect on the ways in which this movement altered or left intact workplace norms and the role of the law in making progress or hindering it. Professor Eisenstadt will review the legal history and theory of sexual harassment, explore the implications of the #MeToo Movement, discuss recent efforts to use technology to detect and prevent harassment, and provide recommendations for business leaders to create healthy workplace cultures.
Leora Eisenstadt is associate professor of legal studies and the Murray Shusterman Research Fellow at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Leora is the academic director of the newly founded Center for Ethics, Diversity, and Workplace Culture (CEDWC) at the Fox School. Leora’s areas of scholarship and interest include race and sex discrimination, employment law, sexual harassment, retaliation, and whistleblowing. Her publications have appeared in the Georgia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, American Business Law Journal, the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, and other outlets. Leora received her LLM from Temple University, her JD, cum laude from New York University School of Law, and her BA, cum laude from Yale University.
This event is part of the University of Connecticut School of Business’s EQUITY NOW Speaker Series, featuring expert insights on how law and policy can promote diversity, equity, and fairness in organizations and society. The EQUITY NOW Speaker Series is produced by the University of Connecticut School of Business in coordination with the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Virginia Tech Pamplin School of Business, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and Temple University Fox School of Business. Each of the four new speakers to be featured during the 2021-22 academic year are esteemed business lawyers focused on legal and policy issues regarding race, identity, sexual orientation, disability and gender equality in modern organizations.