Five Changes in Federal Law that will Stop Workplace Sexual Harrassment

As an attorney who has defended sexual harassment victims in the Courts I am very familiar with the problems with current Federal law. Here are my five recommendations to stop workplace sexual harassment so there are no more #metoo:
1. There ought to be a law. Current sexual harassment law is based on a 1977 Supreme Court decision that says sexual harassment is part of sexual discrimination and prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This essentially means that unlawful sexual harassment in the workplace teeters on our current makeup of what has become a very conservative Court. We need a law that specifically addresses workplace sexual harassment. 
2. Define Sexual Harassment through the Victim’s Eyes. The Supreme Court definition of a sexually hostile environment is fuzzy, defined through the employer’s rights and responsibilities, and largely ignores a victim’s perspective. This means many potential claims of sexual harassment have no real legal remedy.   This needs to change.
3. Increase Monetary Penalties. If you really want to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, damages to victims should be tripled. Other Federal statutes such as RICO and Whistleblower/Qui Tam have triple damages, workplace sexual harassment is just as important to stop. 
4. Personal Liability for Harassers and Aiders/Abettors.   Beyond corporate liability/employer, harassers should be held personally liable.  In addition, anyone who had a duty or power to protect a victim, and knowingly failed to take action, should also be personally liable.
5. Lengthen the Statute of Limitations- A victim of workplace sexual harassment must file a Federal claim in less than a year. This doesn’t protect the victim, it protects the harasser and employer.

No more #metoo

Millions of student loans could be headed for a shakeup in coming months

As Courtney Minor began a master's program in vocal performance, she made sure to heed some well-known advice: Stick to federal government student loans.

In completing the two-year program at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston in 2009, Minor racked up $60,000 in debt using six different loans, which required her to pay a total of $800 a month for 10 years following her graduation.

How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy

As legislators and the executive branch renew their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week, they might want to keep in mind a little-known financial consequence of the ACA: Since its adoption, far fewer Americans have taken the extreme step of filing for personal bankruptcy.

Filings have dropped about 50 percent, from 1,536,799 in 2010 to 770,846 in 2016 (see chart, below). Those years also represent the time frame when the ACA took effect. Although courts never ask people to declare why they’re filing, many bankruptcy and legal experts agree that medical bills had been a leading cause of personal bankruptcy before public healthcare coverage expanded under the ACA. Unlike other causes of debt, medical bills are often unexpected, involuntary, and large.