Sexual Harassment in the Cultural Sector: Dealing with Transgressions and Gray Areas

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On March 12 and 13, 2018, the New Museum organized four workshops on sexual harassment for cultural workers. Read some of the takeaways.

In light of recent, widespread allegations of sexual misconduct in every sector, the New Museum is organizing a series of four workshops in order to provide tools, support, and guidance for both leaders and workers in the arts to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Arts workers of all genders are encouraged to attend. Each session will start with a twenty-minute introduction followed by an interactive workshop. Sessions are limited to 100 participants. Each session is $5 to attend. The workshops are organized by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, with Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement; Margot Norton, Curator; and Karen Wong, Deputy Director.

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Dealing with Transgressions and Gray Areas

Join distinguished employment attorney Davida S. Perry for a workshop focused on clarifying the legal definitions of inappropriate behavior and accountability when it comes to consent, as well as identifying the gray areas that surround the subject. The evening will offer strategies for dealing with unwanted sexual advances within larger institutions as well as for the self-employed and within smaller businesses lacking Human Resources departments, and will suggest actions that colleagues and bystanders can take to stop harassment and assault.

Davida S. Perry is the cofounding and managing partner of Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP, a boutique law firm focusing on employment discrimination and sexual harassment. A civil litigator since 1986, Perry has achieved landmark decisions, namely the sexual harassment case Thoreson v. Penthouse Magazine and Robert Guccione (1992), which set a significant precedent that a claim can be established based on victim’s testimony alone. She has co-authored numerous articles and recently copublished a piece in TIME Magazine: “What to Do If You’re Sexually Harassed and Your Company Doesn’t Have HR.” For each year since 2009, Ms. Perry has been included in the New York Super Lawyers directory and in 2012 she was named one of the top fifty women lawyers in the New York Metro Area. In 2017, Perry was named one of New York Magazine’s Women Leaders in the Law.

View Other Workshops:
Drawing the Line
Defining and Upholding Due Process
Changing the Balance of Power and Getting What We Deserve: Salaries, Promotions, Mentorship

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