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The ripple effect: the family law consequences of allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace

Date:11 FEB 2020

Two years on from the start of the #MeToo movement, many of those involved in the often high profile harassment cases which came to light as a result are continuing to see repercussions. The ripple effect of the actions of those involved in sexual misconduct claims can often be seen long after the incident comes to light, and by many others beyond the complainant and accused.  This is particularly so in those cases where marriages have been brought to an end following such allegations coming to light, and where the circumstances leading to the marriage ending are often also of significant relevance to the financial aspects of the divorce proceedings, which can take months, or even years, to resolve.

The recent press coverage of the high profile departure of McDonalds CEO Steve Easterbrook following what was described as a consensual workplace relationship in breach of company policy is demonstrative of the firm stance employers are now taking to such allegations. In the context of marital breakdown, a loss of employment due to one’s alleged actions can take on additional significance.

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