Park Avenue Presentations

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault: 2023 Update on Perennial Workplace Problems

Duration: 90 minutes

Speaker: Dr. Jim Castagnera, Esq.


Webinar Description

          Sexual harassment and sexual assault have long haunted the American workplace.  They became a major legal problem for employers with the enactment of Title VII, which forbids sex discrimination in all aspects of employment.  Even so, they remained sub-surface issues in many organizations until the #MeToo movement resulted in high-profile prosecutions.  Film stars put the problem on the front pages of major magazines and on the nightly news.  The workplace has never been the same.

           #MeToo was the catalyst that restructured the legal landscape of human resources.  In 2020 in Bostock v. Clayton County, the Supreme Court startled employment lawyers and HR professionals by pronouncing that Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination protects gay and transgender employees and applicants.  And in 2022, Congress passed, and President Biden signed two bipartisan bills that borrowed a page from California’s statute books:

     And, if that’s not enough to get your attention, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act also took effect as 2023 dawned.  In the words of an energized EEOC, “The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) is a new law that requires covered employers to provide ‘reasonable accommodations’ to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an ‘undue hardship’.”

      Join Dr. Jim Castagnera, Esq., an employment attorney with four decades of experience and 22 books to his credit, as he refreshes attendees on the basics of sexual harassment and brings you current with all of these alterations and additions to federal law enforcement in this dynamic risk area.  Don’t be like the Burger King franchise in Georgia, that in January settled its sex harassment case with the EEOC for $60,000 and a long-term consent decree. 



Topics covered will include:

  1. The basics of Title VII sex harassment: quid pro quo and hostile environment discrimination
  2. How Bostock dramatically changed a half century of sex harassment law, and how the EEOC and the federal courts have reacted
  3. What the three new federal statutes that hit the books in 2022 have mandated how you should handle sex harassment, sexual assault, and pregnancy issues in your enterprise
  4. What state and local laws add to the legal landscape
  5. Best practices for 2023 and beyond




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