A year after news broke of accusations of sexual harassment and assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein, the aftershocks continue to reverberate across the world and in Indian Country. With this public movement in the news headlines on a daily basis, employment lawyers report a significant uptick in claims of workplace sexual harassment. The current national conversation about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace is incomplete without discussing violence against Native American women.
Sign up today for the Federal Bar Association’s D.C. Indian Law Conference. Seasoned panelists will address the development of the #MeToo movement in Indian Country at the conference on November 2, 2018. Register on or before October 12, 2018 for early bird rates at www.fedbar.org/dcil18.
Since last fall, when deeply disturbing stories about the disgraced Harvey Weinstein went public, sparking the #MeToo movement, countless women and men have come forward to tell their own, long suppressed, stories of sexual harassment in the workplace. But the #MeToo moment also casts light on the sexual assault epidemic destroying Native American communities .
According to the Justice Department, Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other American women. Three out of five American Indian and Alaskan Native women have been sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.
What policies do the tribal organizations have in place to prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace? Is there a grievance process for sexual harassment claims in Indian Country? While Native Americans are protected under the same federal civil rights and criminal laws as other U.S. citizens they are simultaneously citizens of their tribes, meaning that the enforcement of these rights may be complicated by this kind of “dual citizenship.”
The D.C. Indian Law Conference on November 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. will provide a foundation for employers, human resource departments, and supervisors to develop policy and grievance processes to create a workplace that is free from unwanted sexual harassment. Panel 5 at the D.C. Indian Law Conference titled “#MeToo: Ethical Considerations of Workplace Sexual Harassment and Disparities in Treatment and Other Ethical Conflicts” will focus on the development of the #MeToo movement in Indian Country with an emphasis on ethical considerations for attorneys regarding workplace sexual harassment and disparities in treatment.
Speakers at the conference may address a variety of topics related to the #MeToo movement, ethical considerations, sexual harassment, and workplace discrimination, including:
- Hostile environment harassment based on any protected-class status
- Recognizing harassment
- Employer liability for harassment
- Investigating harassment – collecting documents, what to ask for, strategies and processes
- Challenges of investigating sexual harassment complaints
- Tools to protect confidential information
- Conflict of interest concerns
- Ethical issues for lawyers when investigating sexual harassment claims
- Attorney-client privilege
Join the FBA Indian Law Section for their 20th Annual D.C. Indian Law Conference on November 2, 2018 in our nation’s capital at the FHI 360 Conference Center! Don’t miss your chance to hear about the #MeToo movement and Indian Country from respected practitioners from varying perspectives. Register today at www.fedbar.org/dcil18.
Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.