The Hedge Fund Law Report Publishes Akin Gump Article on Preventing and Managing Harassment Claims

The Hedge Fund Law Report has published the article “How Investment Managers Can Prevent and Manage Claims of Harassment in the Age of #MeToo,” written by Akin Gump labor and employment partners Richard Rabin and Esther Lander and senior practice attorney Kelly Brown. The article offers some steps that investment managers should take to ensure compliance with applicable law and prevent future claims of harassment. This includes reviewing equal employment opportunity policies, practices and training, and assessing and addressing any shortcomings in their office environments.

The authors write that hedge funds and private equity firms are prime targets for harassment claims, due to their relatively small size, the general lack of a dedicated and experienced human resources professional and the possible lack of any formal training, policies or protocols to help prevent harassment. Rabin, Lander and Brown suggest that risks can be mitigated in the following ways:

  • Maintaining a state-of-the-art equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy
  • Providing EEO training
  • Ensuring strong responses to reports of improper conduct
  • Demonstrating a commitment by senior management to a respectful workplace
  • Considering dispute resolution in advance

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