Protecting Your Firm from Claims for Sexual Harassment in the Age of #MeToo

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    Speaker: Kenneth Barden

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    Duration: 60 Minutes
    Product Code: 51096
    Level: Intermediate

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  • Evolution of sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation claims
  • Case examples and lessons learned from the claims of #MeToo in the workplace
  • How to develop effective policies and training programs for preventing sexual exploitation and abuse


Learn how to prevent sexual abuse, harassment and exploitation in your business and workplace through the development of appropriate policies, training, and awareness of risk indicators.

Your employees will be happier and more comfortable in the work environment and your firm will avoid unnecessary adverse publicity, as well as claims and damages.


  • What constitutes sexual abuse, harassment or exploitation
  • How to detect red flags and indicators of sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Developing policies and procedures to address sexual abuse, exploitation or harassment
  • Documenting for defense against claims of #MeToo in the workplace


The rise of the #MeToo movement generated greater public awareness of the issues of sexual abuse, harassment, and exploitation. Businesses are at risk of legal claims and reputational harm if such practices are allowed to occur. Make sure your business is prepared to prevent that risk of sexual harassment in the workplace.


  • Corporate Management
  • Ethics Officers
  • Compliance and Risk Staff
  • Gender Specialists
  • EEOC Office


Years of Experience: 15+ years

Areas of Expertise: Anticorruption and Good Governance Advisor

Kenneth Barden is a Senior Anticorruption and Good Governance Advisor with the Governance and Rule of Law Team at USAID. For many years, Ken was an independent consultant for several international development projects, including ones funded by USAID, the MCC, World Bank, UN, Asian Development Bank and others. Ken served as Team Leader for the USAID-administered MCC Threshold Indonesia Control of Corruption Project in Indonesia, working on anticorruption and judicial reform.

Immediately prior to joining USAID, Ken was with the USAID Modernizing Financial Institutions project in the West Bank, where he led implementation of anti-money laundering and anticorruption activities. Ken’s experience includes work in Eastern Europe, Central and Southeastern Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa. He also has over 15 years of experience in municipal government.

Ken holds a Juris Doctor from Indiana University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Indianapolis, as well as post-graduate work in Disaster Management from the University of Wisconsin and in International Humanitarian Law from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), in Hyderabad, India.

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