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Employers Warned of Online Harassment Risk, International Employment Lawyer

February 24, 2021

Morgan Lewis partner Louise Skinner spoke with International Employment Lawyer about a recent survey that reports an increase in online sexual harassment experienced by female employees amid the pandemic. “It is true that while in-person harassment claims have dropped dramatically during widespread lockdowns and office closures, there has been an increase in allegations of online harassment,” explained Louise.

“Allegations typically involve communications to colleagues during or following online calls, commenting on their appearance or making lewd references,” Louise said. “The fact employees are working from home and sharing their personal environment online can make them feel that they have less personal privacy and are more vulnerable to inappropriate behaviour.”

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