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Genie Harrison’s Comments in Washington Post on the USA Gymnastics Confidential Settlement Agreement with McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney sues USA Gymnastics, saying it tried to buy her silence on abuse

December 20. 2017 — by Bill Hobson, The Washington Post

CLICK HERE for the entire story at WashingtonPost.com

An excerpt from the story is below:

Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast McKayla Maroney sued USA Gymnastics on Wednesday, alleging the Olympic sports organization sought to buy her silence with a confidential settlement agreement last year relating to her abuse by longtime women’s gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles, also names Michigan State and the U.S. Olympic Committee as defendants, alleging they, along with USA Gymnastics, failed to respond to warning signs, permitting Nassar to abuse Maroney and others.

According to the lawsuit, Maroney and USA Gymnastics signed the agreement in December 2016, after Nassar had been […]

Genie Harrison’s Comments in Washington Post on the USA Gymnastics Confidential Settlement Agreement with McKayla Maroney 2017-12-20T23:42:06+00:00

Women Are Rarely Accused of Harassment Says Attorney Genie Harrison in USA Today

Women are rarely accused of sexual harassment, and there’s a reason why

December 18, 2017 — by Maria Puente, USA Today

CLICK HERE for the story in USA Today.

Here are some short excerpts from the story:

In the fire-hose torrent of sexual harassment scandals we are staggering under these days, one thing stands out as a common factor in all the cases: The accused are men.

“One of the reasons it is men who harass women, and sometimes other men, is that this is about power and overwhelmingly (workplace) upper management is male, so the positions of power are disproportionately occupied by men and the bottom is disproportionately occupied by women,” says Abigail Saguy, professor of sociology and gender studies at UCLA and author of the 2003 book, What […]

Women Are Rarely Accused of Harassment Says Attorney Genie Harrison in USA Today 2017-12-20T17:43:01+00:00

Genie Harrison Interviewed by Los Angeles Times About Sexual Harassment in Sacramento

California lawmakers have fought sexual misconduct on military bases, farms and college campuses. Will they police their own house?

December 13, 2017 — Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times, Sacramento

CLICK HERE for the entire story at LATimes.com, or read an excerpt from the story below:

Over the past decade, California lawmakers have worked to help curb sexual violence in the workplace and other spheres of public life. They have pushed college campuses to keep better track of incident reports, created whistleblower protections for military officers who file claims and established sexual harassment training for farmworkers and janitors.

Now, as more than 140 women have come forward in an open letter to denounce a “pervasive” culture of sexual harassment in the California Legislature, activists and employment lawyers say lawmakers […]

Genie Harrison Interviewed by Los Angeles Times About Sexual Harassment in Sacramento 2017-12-20T16:53:56+00:00

Genie Harrison on TV Show IN FOCUS Defining Sexual Harassment

In Focus: Defining Sexual Harassment

December 9, 2017 — by Renee Eng for Spectrum News

Sexual harassment attorney Genie Harrison on Spectrum News Program In Focus: Defining Sexual Harassment.

Here are links to the two-part interview which aired on Spectrum News for Spectrum cable on December 10, 2017. Each videos is about 10 minutes long.

Part One: Defining Sexual Harassment

http://spectrumlocalnews.com/section/in-focus/in-focus-shows/2017/12/09/in-focus–defining-sexual-harassment

Part Two: What Victims Can Do About Sexual Harassment

http://spectrumlocalnews.com/section/in-focus/in-focus-shows/2017/12/09/in-focus–what-victims-can-do-about-sexual-harassment

Genie Harrison on TV Show IN FOCUS Defining Sexual Harassment 2017-12-10T14:59:03+00:00

Variety: Sandeep Rehal Filing Sexual Harassment Suit Against Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein’s Former Assistant Prepping Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

CLICK HERE for the story at Variety.

Here is an excerpt from the story:

A former assistant to Harvey Weinstein who says she was compelled to provide him with erectile dysfunction drugs is preparing to sue him for sexual harassment, Variety has learned.

Sandeep Rehal will allege that she was “sexually harassed throughout her employment,” according to a statement provided to Variety. She intends to file suit in federal court in New York within the next couple of weeks.

“Sexual harassment includes verbal harassment, physical harassment, offensive material and demands, unwanted touching, and many other actions that create a toxic work environment based on gender,” said her attorney, Genie Harrison. “No one should have to endure what Ms. Rehal experienced at the hands of Harvey Weinstein.”

Variety: Sandeep Rehal Filing Sexual Harassment Suit Against Harvey Weinstein 2017-12-07T13:58:38+00:00

Los Angeles Times: Sandeep Rehal Filing Suit Against Harvey Weinstein

6 women sue Harvey Weinstein, and his former assistant makes new accusations

December 6, 2017 — By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times

CLICK HERE for the entire story at LATimes.com

Here is a short excerpt:

… Meanwhile, Weinstein’s former personal assistant of nearly two years also plans to sue Weinstein and his namesake company, alleging sexual harassment.

The former assistant, Sandeep Rehal, will allege that she was repeatedly “sexually harassed throughout her tenure” at Weinstein Co., which ended in 2015, her attorney Genie Harrison said Wednesday. The suit will allege that she provided him with erectile dysfunction medication and stocked an apartment for him with bathrobes, flowers and women’s lingerie.

“Sexual harassment includes verbal […]

Los Angeles Times: Sandeep Rehal Filing Suit Against Harvey Weinstein 2018-01-16T12:11:54+00:00

Press Release: Weinstein’s Personal Assistant Filing Suit Against Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein’s Former Assistant Sandeep Rehal To File Sexual Harassment, Retalitation and Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

We are so proud to represent Sandeep, a person who is standing up for herself and others against great power.

CLICK HERE to read the press release giving a few details about our client’s story, which has yet to be told in full, and her case against Weinstein and the Weinstein Co.

Press Release: Weinstein’s Personal Assistant Filing Suit Against Harvey Weinstein 2018-01-16T11:10:28+00:00

Weinstein’s Former Personal Assistant, is Filing Suit Against Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein’s Former Assistant Sandeep Rehal Recalls “Intolerable” Work Environment

Our brave client, Sandeep Rehal, former personal assistant and victim of Harvey Weinstein, is featured in this New York Times article about the machine that ignored complaints about Weinstein’s abuse, including Sandeep’s, and allowed his abuse to continue for decades.

Weinstein’s Complicity Machine

CLICK HERE for the feature story in the New York Times

CLICK HERE to read the press release giving a few […]

Weinstein’s Former Personal Assistant, is Filing Suit Against Harvey Weinstein 2017-12-06T20:50:56+00:00

Genie Harrison Law Firm Client Sandeep Rehal, Harvey Weinstein’s Former Assistant, To Sue for Sexual Harassment and More

Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant suing producer for sexual harassment, ‘intolerable’ work environment.

December 6, 2017 — by Kate Feldman and Nancy Dillon at the New York Daily News

CLICK HERE for the story at the New York Daily News

Here is an excerpt:

A former personal assistant for Harvey Weinstein claims she was sexually harassed for almost two years.

Sandeep Rehal, who quit in February 2015, is filing a federal lawsuit in New York against Weinstein and his company, alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.

Rehal claims that she was forced to buy erectile dysfunction medication for Weinstein and “play maid to his sexual encounters.”

She also claims she was sexually harassed during her time with Weinstein, but said she was worried about coming forward with her allegations until dozens of other […]

Genie Harrison Law Firm Client Sandeep Rehal, Harvey Weinstein’s Former Assistant, To Sue for Sexual Harassment and More 2017-12-05T23:32:32+00:00

Genie Harrison Testifying at California Assembly Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment in Sacramento

Sexual harassment attorney Genie Harrison testified on behalf of CAOC and CAALA to the California Assembly Rules Subcommittee at the hearing on sexual harassment and retaliation in Sacramento.

November 28, 2017 — The Genie Harrison Law Firm was honored to have attorney Genie Harrison testify on behalf of Consumer Attorneys of California and Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles to the California Assembly Rules Subcommittee at the hearing on sexual harassment and retaliation in Sacramento.

Genie was honored to be speaking out on behalf of victims and alongside colleague and California Employment Lawyers Association leader, Jean Hyams. We also continue to be grateful for the support and leadership of Toni Jaramilla, Leslie […]

Genie Harrison Testifying at California Assembly Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment in Sacramento 2017-12-02T15:52:08+00:00

ABC Radio (Sydney, Australia) Interview with Genie Harrison Regarding Harvey Weinstein Charges

Will Harvey Weinstein be charged?

November 28, 2017 — The case against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has widened with detectives in New York, London and Los Angeles now collaborating to assess whether he can be arrested and charged.

Genie Harrison is a leading employment and sexual harassment lawyer in Los Angeles and she believes Weinstein will be charged.

“I do believe he’s going to be charged and I think it probably going to be rape, sexual assault. I also think that he’s eventually going to get charged with tax evasion in New York,” she said.

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview with sexual harassment attorney Genie Harrison with Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast, ABC Radio — Sydney, Australia.

ABC Radio (Sydney, Australia) Interview with Genie Harrison Regarding Harvey Weinstein Charges 2017-12-03T09:49:59+00:00

2018 Super Lawyers Top 10 List Ranked Genie Harrison #2

November 27, 2017

The Genie Harrison Law Firm is proud to announce that Genie Harrison will be listed as the second highest ranking lawyer on the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers Top 10 attorneys list!

This is Genie’s third consecutive year on the Top 10 List and Top 100 List. She will also be included in the 2018 Super Lawyers Top 50 list of Southern California Women.

2018 Super Lawyers Top 10 List Ranked Genie Harrison #2 2018-01-05T11:24:56+00:00

Genie Harrison Interviewed by Refinery 29 about Louis C.K. Sexual Harassment Cases

“Could Louis C.K. Face Jail Time?” — Refinery 29

November 10, 2017 – by Maria Del Russo

Yesterday, the New York Times released an exposé detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K. Five different women have described how C.K. masturbated in front of them without their consent. C.K. released a statement today, confirming, “These stories are true.”

Excerpt: “If the company knew about or should have known about the conduct and failed to prevent or correct it, then they may be on the hook for this,” says Genie Harrison of Genie Harrison Law Firm. There’s a chance that C.K.’s manager Dave Becky could also be liable in civil court, Harrison says. …

CLICK HERE for the entire story at Refinery29.com including comments by California sexual harassment attorney Genie Harrison. […]

Genie Harrison Interviewed by Refinery 29 about Louis C.K. Sexual Harassment Cases 2017-12-01T13:14:38+00:00

Genie Harrison Interviewed by Huffington Post About Title IX Case at Princeton

“Grad Student Says Princeton Professor Who Sexually Harassed Her Was Given Slap On The Wrist” — Huffington Post

November 9, 2017 – by Alanna Vagianos

Genie Harrison, a sexual harassment and assault victim rights lawyer who regularly deals with Title IX cases, told HuffPost that Verdu’s actions are typical “grooming” behavior, which often consists of “touching a thigh, touching a hand … talking about his own sex life.”

Harrison added that Im’s relationship with her professor is a precarious one because graduate professors have so much power over their students’ success (as we’ve seen with other graduate students and professors).

“The power imbalance is extreme in a situation like this. This is her adviser who basically has control over her ability […]

Genie Harrison Interviewed by Huffington Post About Title IX Case at Princeton 2017-11-30T00:54:07+00:00

Genie Harrison Law Firm is honored to have been named by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a “Tier 1 Law Firm”

Genie Harrison Law Firm is honored to have been named by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a “Tier 1 Law Firm”

November 8, 2017 – The Genie Harrison Law Firm is honored to have been named by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a “Tier 1 Law Firm” in the area of Employment Law in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings.

CLICK HERE to view the Genie Harrison Law Firm profile page at BestLawyers.com

Genie Harrison Law Firm is honored to have been named by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a “Tier 1 Law Firm” 2017-12-03T19:25:26+00:00

Genie Harrison Interview about Kevin Spacey Sexual Harassment Case

“Netflix has a mess on its hands with the collapse of ‘House of Cards’” — Los Angeles Times

November 4, 2017 – by David Ng and Meg James

CLICK HERE for the entire story in the Los Angeles Times, including comments by sexual harassment attorney Genie Harrison.

Here is a short excerpt from the story:
“Netflix could face civil legal exposure from any employee harassment that occurred on “House of Cards” because Spacey was also credited as an executive producer on the show, which means that he was in a supervisory position, according to Genie Harrison, an attorney who specializes in employment and sexual harassment cases.”

Genie Harrison Interview about Kevin Spacey Sexual Harassment Case 2017-11-29T19:42:48+00:00

The Washington Post Discusses Confidentiality Agreements for Victims of Sexual Harassment with Los Angeles Attorney Genie Harrison

How confidentiality agreements hurt — and help — victims of sexual harassment

November 2, 2017 – by Danielle Paquette

CLICK HERE for the entire Washington Post story.

Here is an excerpt from the story featuring comments by Genie Harrison:

Genie Harrison, an employment and sexual abuse lawyer in Los Angeles, said the reality is more complicated. Confidentiality agreements can lead to larger monetary awards for victims, who often seek time off from work and expensive therapy to heal, she said.

“I don’t like the idea of forcing it upon the plaintiff that he or she can’t have confidentiality provisions,” said Harrison, who runs the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

Some of her clients want to make sure no one finds out about the harassment they endured, she added.

Confidentiality agreements can also force employers to […]

The Washington Post Discusses Confidentiality Agreements for Victims of Sexual Harassment with Los Angeles Attorney Genie Harrison 2017-11-29T19:45:52+00:00

Dr. Drew Interviews Genie Harrison about Hollywood Sexual Harassment Cases on KABC 790 AM

Dr. Drew Interviews Genie Harrison About Hollywood Sexual Harassment Cases

October 31 2017, 1:00 p.m. – Genie Harrison is going to be back on KABC 790 AM radio with Dr. Drew today to continue a discussion with Dr. Drew about the recent sexual harassment and abuse cases that are rocking Hollywood’s elite.

CLICK HERE to listen to an archive of the radio show on KABC 790 AM.

Dr. Drew Interviews Genie Harrison about Hollywood Sexual Harassment Cases on KABC 790 AM 2017-12-01T01:04:54+00:00

Dr. Drew Interviews Genie Harrison about Nondisclosure Agreements on KABC 790 AM

Dr. Drew Interviews Genie Harrison About Sexual Harassment Law and Nondisclosure Agreements

October 24, 2017, 1:35 p.m. – Genie Harrison is going to be back on Dr. Drew today to talk about nondisclosure agreements in sexual harassment cases.

CLICK HERE to listen to an archive of the radio show on KABC 790 AM.

Dr. Drew Interviews Genie Harrison about Nondisclosure Agreements on KABC 790 AM 2017-11-29T19:49:51+00:00

Dr. Drew Interviews Genie Harrison on KABC 790 AM about Harvey Weinstein

Dr. Drew Interviews Genie Harrison About Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment Law

October 16, 2017, 1:35 p.m. – Dr. Drew interviewed Los Angeles sexual harassment attorney Genie Harrison about Harvey Weinstein and what goes on in sexual harassment settlement negotiations, why victims sign confidentiality clauses, statues of limitations, individual and company liability, and more.

CLICK HERE to listen to an archive of the radio show on KABC 790 AM.

Dr. Drew Interviews Genie Harrison on KABC 790 AM about Harvey Weinstein 2017-11-29T19:52:47+00:00

Variety Interviews Genie Harrison About the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse Claims Against Harvey Weinstein

The Fall of Harvey Weinstein: From Indie Powerhouse to Hollywood Pariah

October 10, 2017 – by Brent Lang and Gene Maddaus

CLICK HERE for the entire story at Variety.com.

Here is a short excerpt from the story:

Dench, Streep and other celebrities claimed they were ignorant of Harvey Weinstein’s abuses, but sexual harassment experts found that hard to square.

“He was so powerful and successful in his repeated systemic abuses of power that he became completely brazen about it,” said Genie Harrison, an attorney who represents plaintiffs in sexual harassment suits. “I do not believe people didn’t know. That’s not the way this works.”

Variety Interviews Genie Harrison About the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse Claims Against Harvey Weinstein 2017-12-01T20:10:15+00:00

Genie Harrison on DeVos Ruling Rolling Back Enforcement of Title IX Guidelines

“DeVos Ruling Gives Abusers The Upper Hand”

October 6, 2017 – By Genie Harrison for the Los Angeles Daily News

CLICK HERE for the link to the story in the LA Daily News, or read below:

It’s a well-known fact that crime victims are at a disadvantage throughout their journey for justice. The advent of TV shows like “CSI” have ushered in new standard in the minds of the public: If the evidence isn’t cut and dried, then it doesn’t count. The public often views circumstantial evidence – another legal standard – as insufficient.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has now bought into this bogus theory by making it extremely difficult for victims of sexual assault and harassment to fight back against their perpetrators. With one stroke of her pen […]

Genie Harrison on DeVos Ruling Rolling Back Enforcement of Title IX Guidelines 2017-11-29T19:30:26+00:00