Matt Lauer is another domino in the quickly falling icons of television untouchables. Variety conducted a two month investigation to ensure their reporting would not be based on rumor and innuendo, but verifiable accounts. And on Wednesday morning, NBC announced that due to these verified claims of sexual misconduct and harassment of employees, Lauer was promptly fired, despite his two decades of notable service to the network. And all these firings, from Harvey Weinstein to Charlie Rose, have led to a flurry of much needed conversations about proper conduct both in and out of the workplace.
At one point in time, Americans might have argued that talk of what NOT to do in the workplace was a cliche. Another bore of human resources. A series of expectations that were so obvious as to not require any serious reminder. Yet after hearing that the most heralded and respected members of our society have not only been guilty of sexual misconduct, but have grossly overestimated their own reputations, here is a timely and important reminder of the law on what constitutes sexual harassment:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual harassment, please contact the law offices of Beers and Gordon P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm serves all of Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Lake, and Brevard counties, including Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Greater Orlando. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience ready and willing to go the distance on your case. Call us right away at 407-862-1825.