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In #MeToo era, accused harassers may seek injunctions to stop internal investigations

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Employers facing a sexual harassment claim often act quickly to remove an alleged harasser from the workplace. After all, they’ve been told in the decades since the U.S. Supreme Court first ruled on sexual harassment that doing so helps show they acted promptly to stop harassment.

Now sexual harassment claims are on the rise, in the wake of the #MeToo social media movement. There has been predictable backlash.

Some alleged harassers are fighting back, arguing that the accusations do irreparable harm to their reputations. And they’re not just threatening to file lawsuits.

They’re seeking immediate temporary injunctions to halt internal harassment investigation and save their jobs.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers California employers, has recently ruled that such injunctions may be an appropriate temporary remedy. That greatly increases the odds that accused employees will call a lawyer if you move to ...(register to read more)

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