Sexual Harassment and Violence

About the Sexual Harassment and Violence Working Group

Formed in 2017, the Berkeley Center’s Sexual Harassment/Violence Working Group has held annual international conferences (2018-2020) on sexual harassment law, written a book on The Global #MeToo Movement, and is now developing toolkits on workplace harassment investigations and other practical materials. The Working Group’s Co-Directors are Amy Oppenheimer, Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer, a leading expert in workplace investigations, and Ann Noel, former General Counsel for California’s Fair Employment and Housing Commission.

Sexual Harassment and Violence Working Group Projects

 

#MeToo Conferences

 

The 2018 conference  included 24 speaker/participants, from Australia, China, France, India, Ireland, Italy, the U.K., the U.N., and the U.S.  These speakers met for two days to exchange ideas with each other, including a public conference where they spoke as panelists to a diverse group of lawyers and human relations specialists. The public conference’s keynote speaker was Catharine MacKinnon, the law professor/activist who coined the term “sexual harassment” and situated it as a breach of discrimination law 

 

The 2019 conference included 64 speaker/participants, who met for three days of exchanging ideas, including a public conference where they spoke as panelists to a lawyers and human relations specialists. The speakers came from Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, the U.K., the U.N., and the U.S. The keynote speakers on the public day were Professor Catharine MacKinnon, U.N. Women Director of Policy Purna Sen, and labor activist Saru Jayaraman. (Links are to videos of their presentations.) 

 

The February 2020 Berkeley conference, Developments in Sexual Harassment Law, updated lawyers and HR specialists on developments in California sexual harassment law, Title IX (academic sexual harassment) law, workplace investigation practice, and the worldwide #MeToo movement.  

 

The June 2020 “London” conference, Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment and Violence, transitioned from meeting in London to a virtual conference, bringing together over 100 experts, including scholars, legal practitioners, NGO leaders, discrimination law enforcement officials, and industry leaders from around the world.  The conference included seven pre-recorded panel discussions and two days of live meetings, with a combination of plenary panels and workshops.

The conference featured a keynote by Georgetown Law Professor Jamillah Williams who spoke about how the #MeToo movement has not done enough to protect women of color and low wage workers. The Berkeley Center is working on posting the conference workshops online.  

 

See below to check out our conferences on the #MeToo Movement:

The Global #MeToo Movement Book

 

The 2018 and 2019 speaker/participants, joined by additional scholars and activists from around the globe, wrote a book on The Global #MeToo Movement, documenting the global cultural and legal impact of the #MeToo movement, published this year by Full Court Press.  Berkeley Center Director David Oppenheimer and Ann Noel co-edited the book.

 

Current Projects

 

  • The Center is creating a “toolkit” of how to do fair and effective workplace harassment investigations to share with activists worldwide.  
  • The Center is creating a web course on the global #MeToo movement.  
  • The Center is working with the Africa Initiative to End Sexual Harassment on drafting model laws for adoption in Africa.
  • The Center is organizing a training program/conference, to be held in January 2021 in Berkeley, to update lawyers and HR specialists on global and U.S. developments in sexual harassment at schools, colleges and universities.

Who We Are

Co-Directors

  • Ann Noel

    Co-editor, The Global #MeToo Movement. Founder, Noel Workplace Consulting. Former General Counsel, California Fair Employment and Housing Commission.

  • Amy Oppenheimer

    Amy Oppenheimer is a leading expert in the field of workplace investigations. She has over 30 years of experience in employment law, as an attorney, investigator, arbitrator, mediator, and trainer for a large range of employers and employees – public and private, large and small – throughout the country. She is also a retired administrative law judge. Her areas of expertise include preventing workplace harassment and responding to allegations of harassment, investigating workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower claims, diversity in the workplace, how unconscious bias impacts decision-making and other forms of workplace misconduct. Amy frequently does public speaking on these issues.

Student Assistants

  • Kelly Crabtree

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
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  • Yolanda Ye

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
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  • Elias Nepa

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
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  • Marisa Umeh

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
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  • Subaita Rahman

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
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  • Talia Harris

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
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  • Nicole Khoury

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
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  • Charlie Tsunoda

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
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  • Inez Yoon

    • UC Berkeley Undergraduate
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  • Shruti Srivastava

    • National Law University, Delhi
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