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Around the EEOC Harassment Task Force - In 30 Minutes. (They are rushing us, but, we'll do our best
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Friday, November 4
1:00pm - 1:30pm

 

This presentation will identify promising practices for conducting prompt, complete and fair harassment investigations to address allegations of harassment and to eliminate harassment in the workplace, while also protecting the employer in the event of future litigation.  An effective investigation will meet the needs and goals of victims, witnesses and the employer while complying with applicable law (which is sometimes conflicting).  This presentation will include the conclusions and recommendations of the EEOC's first ever task force, the Select Task Force on Workplace Harassment, as well as the perspectives of the workplace investigators who testified before the task force.

Speakers: Michael Robbins and Christopher Ho

 

Michael Robbins

Michael Robbins

Michael Robbins is president of EXTTI, Incorporated—a company he founded more than 17 years ago. EXTTI provides expert testimony, training and investigation services in employment matters. He is a frequent lecturer and author on employment issues. Mr. Robbins has conducted and/or supervised over 500 workplace investigations and has served as an expert witness in 500 employment cases—mostly on workplace investigation and interactive process issues. In addition, he has served as a Consent Decree Monitor in discrimination cases in Federal District Court. Prior to forming EXTTI, he was a labor & employment attorney for 20 years—including 4 years as in-house counsel and 16 years in two nationally recognized law firms. Mr. Robbins graduated Phi Beta Kappa from San Diego State University and received his JD degree from UCLA School of Law. He is a long–time member of the Executive Board of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section and is an officer of that Section. In addition, he is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a founding member and past president of the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators (SIWI), and is a charter member, and sustaining member of the Association of Workplace Investigators.



Christopher Ho

Christopher Ho

Christopher Ho, who directs the Immigration and National Origin Program of the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center in San Francisco, has for many years litigated challenges to workplace practices that disproportionately impact undocumented workers, language minorities, and new immigrants.  Most recently, in 2014, Chris successfully argued Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., a case that reaffirmed California state law protections for undocumented workers, before the California Supreme Court.  And  in 2015 he won a trial victory in Guerrero v. California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a civil rights case of first impression in which the U.S. District Court found unlawful an employer’s disqualification of a job applicant based solely on his use, while undocumented, of an invalid Social Security number in order to work.  Chris received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, and served during the past two years on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace.