How Does HR Prepare for High Court’s Decision Interpreting Sex Discrimination?

Tuesday 9:15 – 10:15 AM

Session Description

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently announced that it is considering three cases which involve the question of whether federal anti-discrimination law protects employees based on sexual orientation and transgender status. The High Court’s opinion will provide guidance to employers and should settle differences among jurisdictions as to the legal obligations of employers to employees based on sexual orientation and transgender status. Human Resource professionals will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding regarding the current state of the law, the risks associated with mismanaging issues that arise in the workplace, including exposure to discrimination and harassment claims, and best practices to mitigate these risks and create an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Rachel Kushel

Ms. Kushel counsels clients on employment law and workplace human resource issues, working across a wide range of industries, including health care, financial services, government, and higher education. She has extensive experience defending management clients in state and federal court litigation matters as well as handling union grievances and arbitrations on behalf of employers. Ms. Kushel also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution and mediation sessions. She is a trained workplace investigator and conducts training sessions related to topics such as sexual harassment, workplace civility and avoiding discrimination claims.






Abby Warren

Ms. Warren represents employers in labor and employment matters, with a focus on counseling private sector employers, including multinational corporations, health care organizations, educational institutions, and manufacturers. In addition to counseling and litigation, as a trained workplace investigator she offers training for clients and regularly conducts, manages, and provides advice regarding workplace investigations involving employment-related issues, including sexual harassment, ethics, interpersonal conflicts, workplace misconduct, and avoiding discrimination claims. She regularly writes and presents on employment and labor-related matters, often focusing on the impact of key court decisions and compliance issues.