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Removing Bias from the Legal Profession

Total Credits
1 - 1.3
  • Online Access
  • Smartphone
  • iPad/iPod/Tablets
  • CDs/DVDs


Unfair treatment in the workplace may take many forms. But discrimination in the legal profession, amongst colleagues with an intimate understanding of the legal consequences of such action, can seem particularly egregious. Whether because of race, religion, gender or other issues, the determination of legal action is defined by specific parameters.

This CLE course will explain what does and does not constitute bias, the categories of discrimination that are protected, the concepts of quid pro quo and hostile work environments, tangible employment decisions that are legally actionable including examples of such incidences as well as the ramifications of retaliatory action by co-workers.

Lecturer Bio

Beth K. Whittenbury, Esq.

Beth K. Whittenbury started her law career with what was then San Francisco’s largest law firm, litigating employment cases and giving advice to employers. She left to found her legal consulting practice dedicated to resolving employment issues without litigation. She currently conducts workplace fact-finding investigations, workplace resolution systems audits, employee mediations, and sexual harassment training in compliance with AB 1825.

Her recent book, Investigating the Workplace Harassment Claim, made the American Bar Association Best Seller List in December, 2012 within forty-five days of publication. She’s also the author of A Manager’s Guide to Preventing Liability for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, a useful gift for managers, as well as a teacher’s guide which can be used by HR professionals to give AB 1825 compliant training sessions. In addition, Ms Whittenbury has written numerous articles for lawyer and human resources practitioner publications.

Ms. Whittenbury is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF), a distinction available only to 1/3 of the top 1% of lawyers practicing in each state. She currently serves as the Chair-Elect of the Employment Law and Litigation Committee for the Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association and is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California Bar Association, and the Association of Workplace Investigators. She is also a former Board member of NCHRA (Northern California Human Resources Association) and a current member of PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association), both local chapters of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

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