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The Latest Developments in LGBT Rights in the Workplace

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DESCRIPTION

There is a multitude of LGBT issues that impact the employer-employee relationship.  These issues include sexual-orientation discrimination, sex stereotyping, and treatment of transgender employees.  This panel will address, amongst other topics, the EEOC’s efforts to combat LGBT discrimination, including its recent ruling that sexual-orientation discrimination is sex discrimination under Title VII.  The panelists will also discuss how courts address allegations of LGBT-related workplace discrimination and legislative efforts to protect the rights of LGBT employees.  Finally, this program will examine workplace policies and procedures affecting LGBT employees, from the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to the use of the restroom.

Educational Objectives:
Attendees will gain an understanding of:
• The LGBT issues that impact the employer-employee relationship
• The various efforts of different venues to address LGBT discrimination in the workplace
• Managing LGBT issues in the employment law context

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Employment attorneys; in-house counsel; human resources professionals; small business owners. 


SPEAKERS

ERIC B. MEYER, PARTNER, DILWORTH PAXSON LLP

Mr. Eric Meyer is a Partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group, Chair of the #SocialMedia Practice Group, and Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee.  He focuses his practice on employment discrimination and retaliation, workplace harassment, employee pay practices, leaves of absence, disabilities and reasonable accommodations, non-competition and trade secret disputes, employment contracts, reductions in force, severance arrangements and other contractual matters, and union/management relations.  Mr. Meyer also serves as a volunteer mediator for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as an arbitrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Please.

Mr. Meyer is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  He earned his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.


P. DAVID LOPEZ, GENERAL COUNSEL, UNITED STATES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION

Mr. David Lopez was sworn in as General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 8, 2010.  He was nominated by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the Senate on December 22, 2010, and confirmed a second time by the Senate on December 3, 2014.  Mr. Lopez is the first EEOC field trial attorney to be appointed as the agency’s General Counsel.  He has served in various capacities for the past 20 years, including as Supervisory Trial Attorney in the Phoenix District Office and Special Assistant to then-Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas.  As General Counsel, Mr. Lopez runs the Commission’s litigation program, overseeing the agency’s 15 Regional Attorneys and a staff of more than 325 lawyers and legal professionals who conduct or support Commission litigation in district and appellate courts across the country.  During his tenure, Mr. Lopez has cultivated “one national law enforcement agency,” encouraging the EEOC’s litigators nationwide to operate more collaboratively and cohesively with each other and other internal partners.

Mr. Lopez earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.S., magna cum laude, from Arizona State University.


GREGORY R. NEVINS, COUNSEL & EMPLOYMENT FAIRNESS PROGRAM STRATEGIST, LAMBDA LEGAL

Mr. Gregory Nevins is Counsel and Workplace Fairness Program Strategist in the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, transgender people, and people with HIV.  Mr. Nevins brings more than a decade of litigation experience to Lambda Legal’s legal and public policy work in the region.

Mr. Nevins earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Memphis.