Guest posts on sexual harassment law

We’re kicking off what we hope will be an extremely useful series of guest posts today from amanforsomeseasons.  I’ll let him introduce himself.

As a regular reader and a friend of the Feminist Philosophers blog, as a former philosopher and current lawyer (yes, I know), and as a feminist and an interested observer of events that affect women’s issues, I am pleased to be given an opportunity to provide some legal commentary around many of the subjects discussed on this blog.

I have recently enjoyed a number of lively and stimulating discussions with a regular Feminist Philosophers blogger, particularly about how universities are handling – and, in some cases, failing to handle – allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. One of the major themes of our discussions has been why some universities opt to deal with these issues publicly, often to their detriment, while others decide instead to whitewash the problem quietly.

I enjoyed hearing the perspective of someone who sees frequent and startling examples of the latter solution; she was very interested to hear my legal perspective on both. She said that the Feminist Philosophers’ readership, too, might be interested to get a lawyer’s take on these things, and so she has invited me to post a few entries. Depending upon the reception, I may do more than a few (but hopefully not less).

I welcome comments and have asked that commenting for my posts remains open; I will do my best to engage with the commenters. And now the fine print:

  • Please understand that in blogging here, or in responding to comments, I am writing for educational purposes only, to give general information and a general understanding of the law. I do not intend to provide specific legal advice about your individual circumstances or legal questions. You acknowledge that neither your reading of, nor posting on, this blog establishes an attorney-client relationship between you and me. My posts should not be used as a substitute for seeking competent legal advice from a licensed attorney in your state. Readers of this information should not act upon any information contained on this website without seeking professional counsel. The transmission of confidential information via Internet email is highly discouraged.

Thank you. I am looking forward to our discussions.

2 thoughts on “Guest posts on sexual harassment law

  1. A reader has asked me to post this:

    “Thank you so much for taking the time out to help the philosophy profession. I, for one, am extremely grateful to you for answering our questions about these matters. I have three below.

    I. If a graduate student talks privately to a faculty member about a concern that 1) clearly rises to the level of something actionable by law, 2) does not clearly rise to the level of something actionable by law but may with further investigation, 3) clearly does not rise to the level of something actionable by law, what are that faculty member’s duties under the law?
    II. What are the various laws relevant to academic climate issues? Might you give us a quick rundown of what they provide and non obvious examples of behavior they cover?
    III. How do the various laws relevant to climate issues interact with policies put in place by 1) the department?, 2) the university, and 3) state and common law governing torts?

    Thank you again.”

  2. Just to let you all know: amanforsomeseasons is working on this. The questions asked are large and complex.

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