Grabbing the Bull[y] by the Horns: Dealing with and Responding to LGBT Workplace Discrimination

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David Scher
Principal, The Employment Law Group
Parker Thoeni
Attorney, Shawe Rosenthal LLP


A 2011 report issued by the Center for American Progress shows that members of the LGBT community experience workplace bullying at significantly higher levels.  This requires that both employees and employers educate themselves on the protections available to LGBT them in the workplace.

This program will discuss the hot-button issue of how and the extent to which non-discrimination protections to members of the LGBT community.  This program will also discuss the extent to which recent court rulings will impact the LGBT community and what employers will likely argue when facing discrimination lawsuits brought by LGBT employees or job applicants.

Educational Objectives:
• Explore recent legislative history of LGBT protections
• Examine gender stereotyping claims and case history as applicable to members of the LGBT community
• Understand how Title VII does and does not protect employees
• Review state law protections available to workers
• Look at the future of employee protections in the workplace

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Practitioners in the employment law field.



Mr. David Scher, a principal at The Employment Law Group, is a trial-tested attorney who focuses his practice on discrimination cases in D.C., Maryland, California, and nationally.  Mr. Scher is a frequent news commentator and has appeared on local news WUSA9 (Montgomery County, Maryland), KSBW8 (Salinas, Monterey, Santa Cruz), as well as ABC World News and on Hearst Television, Inc. stations across the country.  Additionally, Mr. Scher has been interviewed by Forbes.com, Politico, and the Washington Post on topics such as employment discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, free speech issues, and related employment matters.

Mr. Scher is admitted to practice in California, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C.  Mr. Scher earned his J.D. from Fordham Law School and his B.S. from Cornell University.


Mr. Parker Thoeni represents management in employment litigation in state and federal courts, and in administrative proceedings before federal, state, and local administrative bodies.  He also provides advice and counsel to employers with regard to personnel matters, including discipline and discharge, as well as the development of policies and procedures.  Mr. Thoeni has handled matters involving, amongst other legal issues, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the False Claims Act, the Maryland Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, state and local Fair Employment Practices Act, the Maryland Wage and Hour Law, the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law, agreements not to compete and/or solicit, employee confidentiality agreements, common law tortious interference, common law fiduciary duties, wrongful discharge, as well as applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Mr. Thoeni is admitted to practice in Maryland.  He earned his J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law and his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College.