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Corporate counsel must shudder in the #MeToo era when they hear that their organization’s CEO (and typically their boss) is accused of sexual harassment. The dual but conflicting loyalty owed to the CEO, as well as to the organizational client presents unique ethical challenges. But despite this quandary, the lawyer’s singular focus should be on the task at hand: addressing the complaint in a manner consistent with the law and the organization’s internal procedures. Here are some guidelines for what corporate counsel should do and not do when a CEO is accused of sexual harassment.


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