#MeToo prompts Long Island firms to address sexual harassment

Friday, January 12, 2018

Michael Schmidt, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, spoke with Newsday about companies offering sexual-harassment training. Some companies in past years questioned why they needed to offer sexual-harassment training, said Schmidt. Some would ask, “Mike, why is this stuff even necessary?” Schmidt said. That mindset has changed since October, when sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein began making news. Since then accusations have toppled or sidelined NBC “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer, Sen. Al Franken, celebrity chef Mario Batali and music mogul Russell Simmons, among others.

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Michael C. Schmidt

Vice Chair, Labor & Employment Department

mschmidt@cozen.com

(212) 453-3937

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