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In the #MeToo era, victims have increasingly turned to the media and the Internet to organize and share their stories of workplace sexual assault and harassment. Given the difficulties of litigating sexual harassment cases, these tools can often prove more effective in defeating sexual harassment than traditional legal channels. We discuss the role that non-litigation tools such as the press and social media can play in addressing toxic workplaces, and in assisting attorneys and clients to achieve success in both litigation and non-litigation contexts. This panel also discusses the role of attorneys in educating the public about legal and non-legal remedies for victims of sexual harassment and assault.
Devin Wrigley Devin Wrigley represents employees in matters involving discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and other employment-related claims. Ms. Wrigley joined Bernabei & Kabat as a Legal Fellow in September 2016, and became an Associate at the firm...MoreDevin Wrigley represents employees in matters involving discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and other employment-related claims. Ms. Wrigley joined Bernabei & Kabat as a Legal Fellow in September 2016, and became an Associate at the firm in March 2017. Ms. Wrigley graduated with Honors from the George Washington University Law School in 2016, where she served as an Articles Editor on the Federal Communications Law Journal. In her last year of law school, she served as a Student Attorney in GW’s Public Justice Advocacy Clinic, where she represented low-income clients on employment, disability, and civil rights claims in federal and administrative courts. During law school, Ms. Wrigley worked as a law clerk at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Lowey, LLP, as well as at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, & Hamilton, LLP. She also interned with the Department of Education, Office of Hearings and Appeals, the Voice on the Net Coalition, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the United States Copyright Office. Ms. Wrigley graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Clemson University’s Honors College in 2012 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Legal Studies. At Clemson, Ms. Wrigley worked as an Ambassador for the Honors College, and volunteered for Prevent Child Abuse America and the Girl Scouts of America. Ms. Wrigley is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia. Collapse
Kalpana Kotagal Kalpana Kotagal is a Partner with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, and a member of the firm’s Civil Rights & Employment practice and Chair of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee. She is also the co-author of the "Inclusion Rider," referenced...MoreKalpana Kotagal is a Partner with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, and a member of the firm’s Civil Rights & Employment practice and Chair of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee. She is also the co-author of the "Inclusion Rider," referenced by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand in her 2018 Best Actress acceptance speech. Ms. Kotagal focuses almost exclusively on employment class actions involving allegations of discrimination. Currently, she represents a class of female sales employees in a Title VII and Equal Pay Act case against one of the nation's largest jewelry chains in Jock, et al. v Sterling Jewelers Inc. Her clients have alleged a pattern of sex discrimination in compensation and promotions. She also represents women who allege that AT&T discriminated against them because of their pregnancies. Ms. Kotagal also played an instrumental role in representing Wal-Mart employees in the landmark Supreme Court case Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Before joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Kotagal served as a law clerk to the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Kotagal earned her B.S. from Stanford University, with honors, and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a James Wilson Fellow. Ms. Kotagal was Articles Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Collapse
Heather Wilson Heather Wilson is a Managing Director with SKDKnickerbocker in Los Angeles, CA. Heather advises companies on corporate and financial communications, crisis management, public affairs, litigation and media strategy. She has worked across a variety of...MoreHeather Wilson is a Managing Director with SKDKnickerbocker in Los Angeles, CA. Heather advises companies on corporate and financial communications, crisis management, public affairs, litigation and media strategy. She has worked across a variety of industries, with particular expertise in tech, consumer brands and financial services. Heather’s crisis and issues management experience includes leading communications strategy for product issues, high-profile litigation and IP disputes, major disasters and airline crashes, cybersecurity attacks, and government investigations. Additionally, Heather has helped clients develop CSR and diversity & inclusion programs, has worked with companies and their senior executives on corporate positioning and executive visibility, and counseled companies on change management related to M&A activity. Heather previously ran the San Francisco office of Abernathy MacGregor. Prior to joining Abernathy MacGregor, Heather was an executive vice president at Weber Shandwick, where she led its West Coast corporate communications and crisis management practice. Heather was instrumental in crafting the agency’s digital crisis management protocol and led crisis and media trainings across the globe. Before beginning her career in crisis management and communications, she was a journalist for a number of news outlets, most recently with CBS MarketWatch. Heather began her career on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer. Heather graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a degree in political science and received her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Collapse
October 13, 2018
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This program contains the following components:
Non-Litigation Tools To Address Toxic Workplaces & Industries - Audio
Non-Litigation Tools To Address Toxic Workplaces & Industries - Paper
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