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REVERTING TO TYPE - You might assume that one of the silver linings of the pandemic has been a decrease in workplace sexual harassment, given that so many workplaces have been shuttered for the past year. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. As Law.com’s Charles Toutant reports, incidents of unwelcome touching and physical contact seem to be declining, according to employment lawyers, but sexual harassment by electronic communications is seen as a growing problem. Working away from the office makes some harassers think the usual rules don’t apply, some attorneys said. “The perpetrator of sexual harassment is emboldened now that they are unfettered by the four walls of the office environment,” said Nina Pirrotti of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti in New Haven, Connecticut. “Now that we’re all working remotely, we are much less formal. That level of informality tends to embolden people to do or say things they would not normally do or say.”
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