Thursday, October 1, 2020
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Welcome from Amy Sabato
8:15 AM - 8:55 Legal Update and Q&A with Deb Najjar
9:00 - 10:30 Program
Approved for 1.50 SHRM, HRCI credits pending
Topic: Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
Unconscious bias plays a role in how we organize and interpret the world. If left unchecked, such biases can—and do—have a harmful impact in the workplace. In this 90-minute session, attorneys Amy Oppenheimer and Vida Thomas will explain how the brain is vulnerable to cognitive biases and stereotyping, and help HR professionals identify and understand their own biases. They will also explain how unexamined biases can unwittingly influence decisions made by managers and supervisors, and share steps these decision makers can make to reduce the impact of bias on their actions.
Our Speakers: Amy Oppenheimer, AWI-CH, Managing Partner & Vida Thomas, AWI-CH, Partner
Amy Oppenheimer has over 30 years of experience in employment law, as an attorney, investigator, arbitrator, mediator, and trainer for a large range of employers and employees - public and private, large and small - throughout the country. She is also a retired administrative law judge. Her areas of expertise include preventing workplace harassment and responding to allegations of harassment, investigating workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower claims, diversity in the workplace, how unconscious bias impacts decision-making and other forms of workplace misconduct. Amy frequently does public speaking on these issues.
A trial qualified expert in State and Federal court, Amy has testified for both the plaintiff and the defense about employment practices in preventing, responding to and investigating workplace harassment.
Amy is also the author of numerous articles about harassment and discrimination, and is the coauthor of Investigating Workplace Harassment, How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal (Society of Human Resource Management, 2003), one of the few books about the practice of investigations.
Amy is also the founder and past President of the Board of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. (AWI). She is also the former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California and serves as an advisor to that committee. Amy is the former President of the Board of the Berkeley Dispute Resolution Services. Amy has received certificates from the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and T9 Mastered to conduct Title IX investigations.
Vida Thomas has conducted well over 200 workplace investigations and is experienced in complying with Title IX, Title 5, the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights, and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights. She has considerable experience investigating matters within a union setting and is particularly adept at investigating complex matters involving high-profile employers and individuals. Vida frequently trains attorneys and human resources professionals on how to conduct legally effective workplace investigations.
Vida has practiced employment law for more than two decades, with years of experience in advising employers on all aspects of employment law and human resources management. She also serves as an expert witness in state and federal employment lawsuits, and mediates litigation and non-litigation matters. Vida assists parties and attorneys in resolving employment claims, including but not limited to harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims; wrongful termination claims; failure to accommodate and statutory leave violations; whistleblowing claims; wage and hour violations; and invasion of privacy claims.
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For more information:
Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP