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EP 17: Sexism: The Elephant in the Courtroom

We welcome this week’s guest, Wake Forest County Judge, Ashleigh Dunston to talk about Sexism: The Elephant in the Courtroom, her recent journal published by the Wake County Bar Association. Why is sexism one of the least discussed topics for lawyers and how can we get rid of it? Ashleigh also shares her reason for going into law, and her personal experiences with sexism since she’s joined the profession. We also discuss Mitra Shahri, a lawyer and comedian, known for her work...


EP 16: Is It Sexual Harassment? You Be the Judge

Listen in for an informative interview with an exciting guest: NC Court of Appeals Judge Lucy Inman. Judge Inman gives us a crash course on appeals courts and explains what a “strong case” looks like for a victim of sexual abuse or harassment. We discuss sexual harassment both in the courts and in everyday life, including a conversation on subtle gender biases women have to face in the workforce even when they are a State Appeals Judge. We talk more NC University campus sexual harassment...


EP 15: When Harassers Target Customers

The Law Sisters hit off this episode with a lesson about what happens when harassers target customers instead of other employees. What rights do customers have? And, does an employer have to ratify the harassment? Next, Valerie and Leto welcome this week’s guest, Greg Doucette! Greg is a fellow Durham, NC lawyer, and podcaster! He is passionate about rectifying police and government misconduct and is quite popular for his twitter rants. Listen in to hear the Law Sisters and Greg talk...


EP 14: What to do if you are a Victim of Sexual Assault

In this episode of Sex at Work, Valerie and Leto invite guest, Dr. Shanita Brown, to discuss what to do if you are a victim of sexual assault. Dr. Brown is a licensed counselor who has been working in the mental health industry for over 10 years, primarily with victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. She wants all victims of sexual assault to know that it’s not your fault and that you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Our Case in the News centers on a company that has...


EP 13: The Law Sisters Live on #MeToo!

This is the show where Valerie and Leto talk about sexual harassment, live! The Law Sisters had a little hiatus (we have actual cases to work on, you guys!) We broadcast during a legal education program from the North Carolina Bar Association all about #MeToo! We discuss how the other side -- the employer -- thinks about sexual harassment at work. You’ll hear how it is the same as employees think -- and how it is very different. Our special guest this week is Jill Stricklin, a partner at...


EP 12: Sexual Assault on College Campuses

This is the show where Valerie and Leto talk about bad things that happen at college to good people! Title IX is the law that prevents discrimination because of sex on campus -- and it’s a lot of law packed into only one line! Title IX protects students, teachers, and others on all campuses that take federal funds. So when the Department of Education suggested that colleges treat those of sexual assault suddenly changed, people took notice! And Leto shines a light onto hidden fraternity...


EP 11: It Happens to Lawyers Too

In this episode, the Law Sisters talk about sexual harassment in the legal profession with our first ever special guest, Faith Herndon! We follow up on the conversation we had the last episode about the Congressional Office of Compliance, who counters sexual harassment complaints with under the table payouts. We can’t avoid talking about the President’s tweeting faux pas of the week, involving Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a congressional advocate against forced arbitration of sexual...


EP 10: When Law Makers are Law Breakers

In this episode, the Law Sisters talk about all of the politicians accused outed as sexual harassers! We’ve got all the details about Al Franken, who has been accused of inappropriately touching six women. We think he has to go. We actually think they all have to go-- a completely non-partisan approach to this sexual harassment issue! Check out the bottom of our show notes for a bipartisan list of politicians that have been accused of sexual harassment. Valerie and Leto discuss the laws...


EP 9: Your Company’s Sexual Harassment Policy - Will It Protect You

This is the episode where The Law Sisters evaluate Company Sexual Harassment Policies. Who are they supposed to protect? Should you follow the policy’s statements about what to do when you are harassed or discriminated against? Is that company policy a contract that you can use against the company? Or just there to help the company? Valerie and Leto talk about creative ways to talk about harassment at the workplace. We offer some ways to classify harassers, because it is getting...


EP 8: What to Wear To Work to Avoid Discrimination

This is the episode where The Law Sisters evaluate workplace dress codes, workplace dress shaming, and the question of whether women ask to be assaulted or discriminated against because of the way they dress. Because “What to Wear to Work” is a trick question that we discuss up and down, from hemlines to hijabs! And the Law Sisters Ask a burning question: can women stop berating women for what they wear? It’s a constant battle of the haters out there! And twitter is obviously not having...


EP 7: I'm Pregnant and My Boss Doesn't Like It

The Law Sisters bring you another episode with a twist! The problems pregnant women face don’t stop with swollen ankles - they include shaming in the workplace, the denial of job opportunities, and sometimes outright firing. All of those are illegal, and the Law Sisters tell you what your rights are and what to expect when you exercise them. Don’t miss the rapid-fire review of hot topics at the top of the episode!


EP 6- It's About Race -- and Sex

This is the episode where Leto and Valerie wade into questions involving both sex and race, as it what if a person is female and African American, or an Asian female, or a Black man? What happens when the discrimination is about both? The courts have had problems with issues that involve the very long name of intersectionality: when race and sex intersect. The Law Sisters discussion takes place right after the violence in Charlottesville and when racism is very much on everyone's...


E5- It Happens to Men Too!

This episode turns the tables on sexual harassment to point the finger at female harassers and men who harass other men because hostile work environments and assaults are not just for women anymore! Or were they ever? We talk evidence this week and how to turn the tables in your favor. This week, our Bad Boss of the Week definitely ought to have known better.


E4- Are We Over Uber?

In this episode, we investigate how a blog post blew the cover off of the culture of sexual harassment at Uber! We dive into tech and the Brogrammer culture in Silicon Valley. And do you have to be concerned about retaliation if you witness sexual harassment and tell the truth about it? What does the Supreme Court say about protections for witnesses? And don't miss our shout out to a really forward-thinking man on this episode of the Law Sisters.


E3- Civil vs Criminal Sexual Harassment

In this episode we discuss what to consider about reporting a crime when you are sexually assaulted at work. Can you count on the civil justice system to take care of you in your hour of need? Or should you go to the police? We explain the different ways that a victim of sexual harassment can navigate the hazardous waters surrounding police reports, the government, and lawsuits.


E2- Fox News Sexual Harassment Epidemic

We talk about sexual harassment issues that apply -- and not just to Fox. Such as: What was it about the Fox News culture that helped the scandals start? Are there things you should say no to, in order to avoid getting in trouble with the “star employee?” Are confidentiality clauses really confidential? Ultimately, who gets punished more, the perpetrator or the victim? And Our Bad Boss of the Week is not who you think!


E1- Is This Sexual Harassment, or Not?

Are unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature considered sexual harassment? We will explore these topics and define what sexual harassment is, when it is illegal, and give you some advice to use if you find yourself in this situation.