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Discrimination and Harassment In the Workplace: An Internal Audit for Businesses

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1.5 - 2
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Employers face a number of challenges in preventing and handling discrimination and harassment claims and issues in the workplace. Additionally, with lawsuits in this area continually on the rise it is more important than ever for employers take proactive steps to protect themselves. This course provides legal guidance and practical information to assist companies in an audit of internal best practices and procedures related to prevention, compliance and risk management including a review of the various applicable federal, state and local laws, important case developments, recommended written policies, human resources procedures and workforce training.

Lecturer Bios

Frank F. Martinez, Esq.

Frank F. Martinez maintains a solo employment law practice in New York City, the Law Offices of Frank F. Martinez LLC, representing individuals and management. He has represented numerous major corporations in employment-related litigation and mediation in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. He has extensive experience counseling and training clients in a broad range of employment law matters including discrimination, harassment, disability, contracts, severance, reductions in force, handbooks, employee relations, wage issues and unfair competition.

Mr. Martinez began law practice in San Francisco at Littler Mendelson. He also practiced employment law at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Silicon Valley and, in New York at Proskauer Rose. After leaving firm practice, Mr. Martinez served as Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs at BMG Music. He has also recently served as interim Of Counsel, Human Resources Legal, for Pitney Bowes in Stamford, Connecticut and interim Associate General Counsel for L’Oréal USA.

Mr. Martinez graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1995 and also holds degrees in music from Indiana University, Bloomington and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He recently served on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights and Labor and Employment Committees of New York City Bar Association. He is a member of the bars of the states of New York and California

Joseph H. Harris, Esq.

Joseph H. Harris has focused his career as an employment attorney on counseling and representing businesses. Before becoming a partner at White Harris, he managed his own employment law practice, which counseled small businesses on compliance with city, state, and federal employment laws. In that capacity, Mr. Harris advised companies in connection with employment policies and procedures, wage practices, termination, severance, employment agreements, and restrictive covenants. Previously, Mr. Harris practiced employment litigation at Moses & Singer LLP, one of the top nationally ranked law firms in the United States. There, he worked directly with the Co-Head of the firm’s Litigation and Employment and Labor departments to assist in representing corporate clients in a variety of employment law matters including breach of contract, wrongful termination, and wage and hour disputes. These corporations ranged in size from regional businesses to international financial institutions. A frequent speaker on employment law issues, Mr. Harris has presented lectures, continuing legal education courses, and workshops on a variety of employment law topics including wage and hour laws, independent contractors and worker misclassification, employment law compliance, and preventing discrimination and harassment lawsuits. He has also served as a guest lecturer for the Strategic Steps for Growth program at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Mr. Harris is an alumnus of Oxford University and a graduate of Haverford College and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and, in federal court, in the Southern and Eastern districts of New York. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

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