Zero Tolerance

Zero Tolerance

Since 1992, the Commission on Women in the Profession has been tackling sexual harassment in the workplace. Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex- Based Harassment in the Legal Profession builds on that work and introduces new information to the next generation. The Zero Tolerance Program educates women lawyers and firms alike on the signs and symptoms of an unhealthy work environment and the best practices to correct it.

Download the toolkit for offline use here.

From the recently released text, the Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Bullying Committee created a toolkit to help others combat workplace abuse in the legal profession. The toolkit provides the necessities to plan, promote, and put on a Zero Tolerance program at schools, firms, bar associations, and organizations across the country. Some of the materials include:

  • Scenarios to create discussion on what rises to the level of harassment and how those instances could be addressed
  • Resources for those who have been harassed and for organizations to better prevent harassment
  • Further reading and learning opportunities
  • Program agendas, a PowerPoint, handouts, and speaker recommendations

Nothing contained in this toolkit is to be considered as the rendering of legal advice for specific cases, and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice from their own legal counsel. This toolkit is intended for educational and informational purposes only.

View and download the toolkit here.

If you have or would like to use the toolkit to develop a program, please contact Commission staff member Cecilia Boyd at cecilia.boyd@americanbar.org for assistance or to provide feedback.

Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession is a comprehensive update to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's previous sexual harassment material. The primary goal of this manual is to provide all too necessary tools to legal organizations and victims of harassment and bullying. It strives to enhance our common understanding of workplace abuse and expand it to include non-sexual abusive behavior, while introducing protections for individuals with a range of sexual orientations, genders, and racial and ethnic identities.

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The Commission on Women in the Profession has successfully championed ABA Resolutions regarding sexual harassment. These resolutions have become ABA policy and serve as guidance to the entire legal profession.  You can read about them here.

Past Programs

Webinar #1: Sexual Harassment & Assault in the Workplace: What is it, where does it come from & what is its scope and history?- Cosponsored with the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Sign up to access the recording of the program, or view the PowerPoint presentations of Maya Raghu and Professor Sandra Sperino, the three handouts: National Women’s Law Center FAQs on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, NWLC’s #Metoo Report published in Dec. 2017, and the three scenarios for the program polls.

 

Webinar #2: Barriers to Combatting Sexual Harassment In and Out of Court and Legislative Responses in the #MeToo Moment- Cosponsored with the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Sign up for the program recording, or view Ms. Jessica Stender’s PowerPoint Presentation, Ms. Debra Katz’s article on claims and cases, and a few related articles here, here, and here

 

Webinar #3: "Hey Hun! Just how bad do you want your heat fixed?” – Sexual Harassment in Residential Housing- Cosponsored with the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Sign up for the program recording, or view Ms. Trawick’s PowerPoint Presentation, Ms. Raimondo’s PowerPoint Presentation, additional reading, including: this complaint, this denial of summary judgment, this complaint in intervention, and this consent decree

 

Webinar #4: The Shameful Truth: Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession- Cosponsored with the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Sign up to access the recording of the program or view the program's powerpoint presentation.

 

Please contact Commission staff member Cecilia Boyd (cecilia.boyd@americanbar.org) with questions regarding program cosponsorship or attending a program.