This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
The Unicorn in the Room: Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and Effective Workplace Investigations
Share |
Untitled Document

Saturday, October 24
9:15 - 10:15am




Understanding the unique challenges that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people face is essential to conducting effective investigations in today’s workplace. As a result of rapidly changing cultural norms, LGBTQ employees are now protected from discrimination under a growing number of state laws, federal regulations, and corporate policies. And workplace investigations involving gender identity and sexual orientation are now more common than ever before. Yet gender identity and sexual orientation are complex and dynamic concepts that are unfamiliar to many investigators. 

With a mix of lecture, discussion, role-play, and written materials, this presentation will set the stage with a discussion of unconscious bias and cultural humility, explain relevant LGBTQ terminology and identity concepts, provide an overview of current case law and regulations that provide unique protections to LGBTQ employees, and provide strategies for conducting effective and respectful workplace investigations that involve LGBTQ people. An awareness and understanding of these concepts will enhance our ability to recognize and eliminate bias in our own work, our profession, and society in general.
 

Speakers: Rob Depew, Partner, Noesis Partners, LLC; Barry Chersky, Barry Chersky Consulting; and Nora Rohman, Public Interest Investigations

Rob Depew

Rob Depew

Rob Depew has more than ten years of experience in employment law, as an attorney, investigator and trainer. He currently serves as a member (and former co-chair) of the Bar Association of the San Francisco Equality Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues.  Mr. Depew received his B.A. and B.S. from Columbia Union College and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.



Barry Chersky

Barry Chersky

Barry Chersky has collaborated with organizations to create and maintain respectful and inclusive work and learning environments. For 30 years he has specialized in preventing and resolving workplace harassment, discrimination, and bias. Mr. Chersky has conducted workplace investigations, provided training, conflict resolution and coaching services.  He successfully led the effort to develop and integrate inclusive curriculum, including LGBTQ issues, in several public school districts. Mr. Chersky is a founding board member and former executive officer of AWI.


Nora R. Rohman

Nora R. Rohman

Nora R. Rohman is employed as an investigator at Public Interest Investigations, where she conducts workplace investigations. She is certified as an Advanced Title IX Investigator, and she works as a death penalty mitigation investigator on capitol cases. Ms. Rohman earned her bachelor’s degree in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Concordia University. She pursued a master’s degree in Queer and Gender Studies at New York University, and has extensive experience with providing education regarding LGBTQ communities.


Approved for 1.0 hours HRCI general recertification credit.
1.0 hours CA MCLE credit in recognizing and eliminating bias approved; 1.0 hours WA MCLE credit approved; 1.0 hours NY CLE Professional Practice Credits approved. CO CLE credit pending.

Return to schedule