Wednesday, March 13, 2019

New Harassment Rules for Federal Court Workers

Earlier this week, the federal judiciary adopted new rules with respect to addressing the harassment of court employees. In light of the #MeToo movement and other developments, such as the accusations against Judge Kozinski, the judiciary decided to bring more transparency to employment in the court system.  From the Washington Post:  “The administrative office of the courts has already taken steps to create a central, confidential reporting system. . . The office has set up an internal website for employees to report harassment or abusive behavior.”  The new rules do not apply, however, to the Supreme Court.  

This was an important move by the federal judiciary, and one that signals the seriousness of the issue to all employers and workers.

- Joe Seiner

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