The Risk For Employers Of Sexual Harassment Fatigue

On October 5, 2017, a New York Times article uncovered multiple sexual harassment complaints against film executive Harvey Weinstein. The article prompted hundreds of women, and some men, to tell their stories of harassment by celebrities and politicians. #MeToo has spread virally as a hashtag on social media. Time magazine named the “Silence Breakers” as its Person of the Year. This year’s developments have certainly brought the issue of sexual harassment to the forefront of the public consciousness, but not necessarily in a manner supportive of employer efforts to combat harassment in the workplace. ... READ MORE

Tim Soefje Admitted To Practice Law In Oklahoma

On December 4, 2017, the Oklahoma Supreme Court approved the application of Firm Member Tim Soefje to practice law in Oklahoma. Mr. Soefje is admitted to practice before all trial and appellate courts throughout the state. Mr. Soefje will continue to focus his practice on the defense of architects, engineers, lawyers, insurance brokers, real estate brokers, directors & officers and other professionals. He also will represent clients in construction-related litigation. From the firm's offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin, Mr. Soefje already maintains a state-wide practice in Texas. For more information about Mr. Soefje's practice, please read his bio here.

Has OSHA Resumed Strategy of Publicly Shaming Employers?

On December 1, 2017, OSHA issued a news release on its website announcing that citations had been issued by the agency against Manafort Brothers, Inc. for alleged violations at a construction cite in Portsmouth, N.H. The citations proposed penalties of $329,548 for allegedly exposing employees to mercury and respiratory hazards. The news release included a statement by OSHA’s Area Director opining: “These hazards were certainly preventable.” READ MORE

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