Seminar  Seminar

Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2014

Why you should attend

This program, designed for employment law practitioners and human resources professionals at all levels, brings together prominent practitioners from the management and plaintiffs’ bars, in-house counsel, EEOC representatives and members of the judiciary, to analyze and provide practical guidance on the latest developments in the employment discrimination arena. In addition to providing critical updates on recent developments in the law, our expert faculty will offer their respective perspectives on addressing potential employment discrimination issues in the workplace proactively, as well as in litigation.

Any attorney or human resources professional who advises or represents employers, employees, labor unions or government, or who has judicial/arbitral/mediator responsibility will benefit from attending this program.

What you will learn

  • New laws and new rulings that can affect the advice you give, the strategies you choose, and the settlements you propose
  • Disabilities discrimination and workplace accommodation update
  • What judges think about lawyers’ approaches to litigating employment discrimination claims
  • The EEOC’s perspective on key discrimination hot topics
  • Latest developments in employment discrimination class actions
  • Co-worker harassment and other misconduct claims
  • Discrimination trends and the experts’ future predictions

Special Features:

  • Earn up to one full hour of Ethics credit
  • SHRM credit also available

Who should attend

This program is designed for attorneys and human resources professionals at all levels who seek an in-depth analysis and discussion of workplace discrimination claims, and the resolution of those claims, both inside and outside of the courtroom.

9:00 Opening Remarks and Introduction
Speakers: Theodore O. Rogers, Jr., Anne C. Vladeck

9:15 "Suit and Tie": Hiring Issues, Including Age Discrimination
  • Advice to clients on interviews, hiring documentation
  • When is the employer jointly liable for the statements or actions of a headhunter
  • Is it appropriate to seek employees who will be long tenured?
  • Reasonable factor other than age defense
  • The use of questionnaires and questions in hiring
  • Use of criminal arrest records in hiring
Speakers: Ned H. Bassen, Laurie Berke-Weiss, Nora E. Curtin

10:15 "Harder to Breathe": Disabilities Discrimination and Advice
  • Requests for leave as potential accommodations
  • Dealing with mental and emotional disabilities in the workplace
  • Excusing workplace misconduct based on disability
  • Reinstatement and returning to work
  • When is an accommodation that affects coworkers reasonable?
Speakers: Mark E. Brossman, Hon. James C. Francis IV, Hon. Cheryl L. Pollak, Pearl Zuchlewski

11:15 Networking Break

11:30 "Stairway to Heaven": Religious Accommodation and Discrimination
  • Judicial views on what is a religious practice
  • Time to pray
  • Places to pray
  • Conflicts among coworkers
  • Dealing with employees who proselytize
  • Accommodating claims of need for unusual clothing/appearance
Speakers: Joyce S. Dubensky, Katharine H. Parker, Mary Schuette

12:30 Lunch Break

1:45 "Don't Get Mad, Get Even": Retaliation Claims
  • Review of new whistleblower laws
  • Advice to clients concerning use of anonymous hotlines – from employer and employee perspectives
  • Inappropriate social media postings – is discipline retaliation?
  • Evolving judicial views of constructive discharge claims
Speakers: Hon. Lois Bloom, Edward Hernstadt, Tracy Richelle High

2:45 "Stayin' Alive": Ethical Aspects of Employment Discrimination Litigation
  • The ethics of preemptive suits or counterclaims against complainants
  • When is taping/recording of witnesses proper?
  • Can you tell your client to act when you can’t?
  • Payments for evidence, or to people who may be witnesses
  • When lawyers or HR professionals are the client -- confidentiality considerations
Speakers: Anne L. Clark, Jill L. Rosenberg, Ivan D. Smith

3:45 Networking Break

4:00 "Livin' on the Edge": Practice Pointers
  • Settlement strategies and logistics in employment discrimination cases
    - The requirements when age claims are released
    - Tax issues and 409A
    - Medicare implications of settlement
  • Update on recent and potential discrimination statutes and regulations
  • Evolving law of harassment, including co-worker harassment claims
Speakers: Louis P. DiLorenzo, Hon. Loretta A. Preska, Susan Ritz

Program Attorney(s)
Danielle B. Cohen ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

New York City Seminar Location

PLI New York Center
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Location:  New York, NY
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