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Jonathan Landesman is Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Group of Cohen Seglias and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. The majority of Jon’s practice is devoted to litigation, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and FMLA cases. He also represents employers in overtime, prevailing wage, and employee benefits cases, including class actions and collective actions. Jon regularly litigates cases involving non-competition agreements and the misappropriation of trade secrets. He has successfully handled dozens of emergency injunction hearings, obtaining preliminary and permanent injunctions and recovering millions of dollars of lost profits for his clients.

I’m a management-side employment lawyer. It’s my job to go to court and defend employers and executives accused of all different types of misconduct, including sexual harassment. Over the last 20 years, I have seen it all. Some of my cases involve relatively tame allegations, like telling dirty jokes around the watercooler. And I have also been involved with cases involving extremely serious accusations, including indecent exposure, unwanted touching, and sexual assault. I spent a fair amount of time watching the Kavanaugh hearings. Like everyone else I know, I have a strong opinion on whether or not the nomination should be approved, but I did not write this article to share my personal opinions. There are enough political commentators on cable news shows doing that already. From an employment litigation and human resources perspective, there are several important lessons to be learned.
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