Following the #MeToo movement, the racial justice movement, and the rise of ESG, there has been an increase in litigation and regulatory actions aimed at driving more inclusive and safe workplaces. Companies are increasingly conducting thorough internal investigations led by outside counsel that go beyond reviews by human resources personnel due to growing legal, reputational, and financial risk. And companies are carefully considering what they say to employees and their investors about these issues. Led by a former federal and state prosecutor who began her career as a plaintiffs-side employment lawyer, a former SEC enforcement lawyer, former in-house compliance counsel, and an industry leading privacy and data security lawyer, our team will discuss:
The primary risk factors for companies facing allegations of workplace harassment and discrimination;
How organizations are addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) and related ESG issues in their disclosures;
What private and public stakeholders are driving the development of more inclusive workplaces;
Recent legislature and regulatory actions that are holding organizations accountable; and
Proactive steps that organizations can take to eliminate cultures of harassment and discrimination before they make headlines.