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Legal eagles talk about Me Too movement in the workplace • Brooklyn Paper

Legal eagles talk about Me Too movement in the workplace

The future is female: Nila Merola and Gena Usenheimer take questions after a Brooklyn Bar Association class discussing the Me Too movement.
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Fostering change

Cheers to the attorneys and law students who discussed the Me Too movement and how to stop sexual harassment and assault in the workplace during a continuing legal education class surrounding ethics and diversity hosted by the Brooklyn Bar Association on Jan. 16.

The legal eagles discussed how to cultivate a culture of respect and inclusivity in the workplace, which often starts with training for every employee, said attorney Gena Usenheimer, who led the presentation.

“It was a great presentation that discussed how some of the best practices to avoid sexual harassment is just having simple common sense, and how these practices need to be articulated and aren’t things that take a lot of time and money,” said Usemheimer. “Everyone agrees that live training is the best way to avoid sexual harassment in the workplace, and how certain New York City laws hinder the opportunity for employees to receive that training.”

The Brooklyn Bar Association held a discussion session afterward for comments and questions. — Maya Harrison

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