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 Speaker: Vida Thomas, AWI-CH, Partner
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.
Interested in sponsoring? Contact Julie Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information:
Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP