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Podcast Category: Employment
Aaron Freiwald, managing partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Tracey E. Diamond, who is of counsel at the law firm Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia. Tracey practices employment discrimination law and also provides human resources counseling to businesses. She also regularly counsels clients on workplace issues like sexual harassment. Because of her experience we thought she would be the perfect person to bring on to discuss the #MeToo movement. Because sexual harassment is the core problem the #MeToo movement is addressing, Aaron and Tracey start the episode by defining what sexual harassment is. Tracey explains that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that is addressed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Title VII divides sexual harassment into two categories, Quid Pro Quo which is when an employee is forced to do something or face a consequence: “do this or you’re fired” or “do this and you get a promotion.” Second, is a hostile work environment which means events have transpired and the employee doesn’t feel comfortable in the work environment anymore. Tracey explains throughout the episode what steps employers can take to reduce the risk of these issues occurring and what steps employees can take if they face sexual harassment in the workplace.
To learn more about the #MeToo movement visit their website: https://metoomvmt.org/. To learn more about the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund visit their website: https://www.timesupnow.com/. Join Aaron Freiwald and Tracey Diamond to learn more about the law behind the #MeToo movement and what we can do to put an end to this problem.