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Workplace harassment is not prohibited expressly by federal statute, and federal courts have been left to fill in the gaps regarding the legal standards that govern what constitutes unlawful conduct. As such, this area of the law can be quite complex, creating obstacles to vindicating the rights of those facing workplace harassment that are not present in other types of employment cases. Our advocates break down the components of a harassment case and identify the particular challenges—legal, factual, and practical—to litigating them effectively.
Valerie Brender Valerie Brender litigates class action and individual employment law cases, including independent contractor misclassification, discrimination, whistleblower, and unpaid wages cases at Rukin Hyland LLP. She also advises employees on employment...MoreValerie Brender litigates class action and individual employment law cases, including independent contractor misclassification, discrimination, whistleblower, and unpaid wages cases at Rukin Hyland LLP. She also advises employees on employment agreements and job transitions. Prior to joining Rukin Hyland, Valerie was a research fellow at Human Rights Watch. She serves as Co-Chair of the Barristers Labor & Employment Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and was named a Rising Star by the California Super Lawyers Magazine in 2018. Her writing on workers’ rights has appeared in the Huffington Post, The Hill, and the Daily Journal. Collapse
Margaret A. Harris Margaret A. Harris is a Partner with Butler & Harris in Houston, TX. She is a 1981 magna cum laude graduate from the University of Houston where she and her current law partner Kathy Butler met and became friends. She has an accounting degree, and...MoreMargaret A. Harris is a Partner with Butler & Harris in Houston, TX. She is a 1981 magna cum laude graduate from the University of Houston where she and her current law partner Kathy Butler met and became friends. She has an accounting degree, and worked for three years before law school as a management auditor with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (formerly known as the U.S. General Accounting Office). Margie founded and served as the first president of the Texas Employment Lawyers Association (TELA)—a professional association composed of Texas lawyers whose employment practice is largely based on representing employees. Since its inception, TELA has grown from a handful of lawyers to a membership of over 100. Margie served on the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) for ten years (1994-2005), and was an officer during her last years on that Board. Margie currently serves on NELA’s Federal Rules Task Force, which interacts with federal judges regarding the rules that apply to employment-related litigation. As a member of that task force, Margie served as a plaintiff-side representative on the Employment Protocols Committee, a 16-lawyer group from around the country appointed to develop standardized initial discovery disclosures that can be used to minimize unnecessary costs and delays in employment cases. Subsequently, Margie was one of approximately forty lawyers, academics, and judges from around the country invited to participate in a forum hosted by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System to comment on and suggest changes to proposed amendments to the federal rules of civil procedure. Margie was invited to serve on the first Labor and Employment Law Pattern Jury Charge Advisory Committee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
In 2005, this committee, which consisted of seven members representing both sides of the bar, developed a standard set of jury instructions recommended for federal trials of employment law cases in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi federal trial courts. Subsequent recommendations from this committee were included in both the 2006 and 2009 revisions to the standard jury instructions. Collapse
Stephen Montoya As a child, Stephen Montoya thought about becoming a doctor or a priest. Ultimately, though, his passion for protecting hardworking families led him to the practice of law. As a civil rights litigator, Stephen’s skills and strategic thinking have...MoreAs a child, Stephen Montoya thought about becoming a doctor or a priest. Ultimately, though, his passion for protecting hardworking families led him to the practice of law. As a civil rights litigator, Stephen’s skills and strategic thinking have protected numerous clients from diverse forms of discrimination, and his successful argument before the United States Supreme Court have protected the civil rights of millions in Arizona. Clerking for a federal judge right out of law school gave Stephen Montoya an insider’s view of the highest levels of the judiciary. In the past two decades, Stephen has argued cases in the federal district court, the federal court of appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States, making him one of the nation’s most experienced and successful civil rights attorneys. He has received numerous accolades for his work, most recently from the NAACP for his “Outstanding Leadership in Civil Rights,” and from his fellow lawyers who selected him for inclusion in the 20th edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” In 2011, the Phoenix New Times gave Stephen its "Best Tribune of the People" award. Collapse
October 12, 2018
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
The Nuts & Bolts Of Litigating Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Claims - Audio
The Nuts & Bolts Of Litigating Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Claims - Paper
How To Attend
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Registrants will receive a Certificate of Attendance/Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in various jurisdictions.