- Career Management
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|2018 SAHRA Conference Educational Sessions|
Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment Claims in the #MeToo Era
September 19, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Employers are already feeling the impact of the #MeToo movement; both in an increase in sexual harassment claims and an increased pressure to respond and settle such claims quickly. It is becoming clear that doing the bare minimum required by law is no longer sufficient to either prevent or respond to sexual harassment claims in the workplace. Melissa Whitehead is a partner with the national law firm, Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP, and focuses her practice on labor and employment law. In addition to defending employers against claims filed in both courts and administrative matters, Melissa spends much of her time advising and training employers; increasingly on the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace. This seminar will go beyond just the minimum requirements for training and responding to claims of sexual harassment and will focus largely on what employers can (and should) do to cultivate a culture of respect and dignity; a culture where sexual harassment simply is not tolerated.
Speaker: Melissa Whitehead
Melissa Whitehead is a partner with the law firm, Freeman Mathis & Gary, in their Sacramento office. She specializes in labor and employment law and has successfully litigated numerous cases in California's state and federal courts and various administrative agencies. Melissa also advises and counsels employers concerning their workplace policies, practices, and personnel decisions, covering all aspects of their employment relationship with their employees. She also regularly defends employers against employment claims for discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, unfair business practices, violation of wage and hour laws, as well as numerous other employment law causes of action. Melissa frequently provides training and education for employers and their employees, and has previously spoken at numerous association and trade industry events and webinars.