EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS AND CLASS ACTIONS

Monday, June 29, 2009

About

2009 is shaping up to be a record-breaking year for employment discrimination claims and class actions…. Make sure you have the up-to-the-minute information and practical strategies you need

A new administration… A wave of new legislation… A severe economic downturn… It’s all creating a perfect storm of increasing employment discrimination claims and class actions for employers. Consider the following:

  • Discrimination claims are way, way up – and bound to increase this year as the recession deepens. According to the EEOC, there was a 15.2 percent increase from 2007 to 2008. The number of claims is nearly 15,000 more than the 80,840 claims filed in 2001 – the last time there was a steep economic downturn. Experts agree that 2009 will see another large increase.

  • The threat of employment-related class actions is also on the rise. In its 2008 Performance and Accountability Report, the EEOC said it expects to litigate “fewer small, individual cases and more cases on behalf of larger groups
    of individuals.”

  • The door is opening to more claims, as new legislation makes it easier for workers to sue. The new Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act gives workers alleging pay discrimination more time to file lawsuits. New provisions in the 2009 Americans With Disabilities Act make it easier to bring claims and will lead to an upswing in disability discrimination claims. A number of other bills that will enhance employee rights are also working their way through Congress.

To help you stay ahead of the curve with the many changes and challenges in this environment, American Conference Institute developed this timely and comprehensive event. We’ve assembled an impressive faculty of leading plaintiff and defense lawyers, in-house counsel and seasoned judges, from across the country, to give you the full picture for dealing with this complex – and burgeoning – area of litigation.

With all the new developments – many designed to assist employees – and the increase in claims, which is sure to continue throughout 2009, there has never been a better time to ensure you have the information and tools you need to advise your client.

 

Contents & Contributors

About

2009 is shaping up to be a record-breaking year for employment discrimination claims and class actions…. Make sure you have the up-to-the-minute information and practical strategies you need

A new administration… A wave of new legislation… A severe economic downturn… It’s all creating a perfect storm of increasing employment discrimination claims and class actions for employers. Consider the following:

  • Discrimination claims are way, way up – and bound to increase this year as the recession deepens. According to the EEOC, there was a 15.2 percent increase from 2007 to 2008. The number of claims is nearly 15,000 more than the 80,840 claims filed in 2001 – the last time there was a steep economic downturn. Experts agree that 2009 will see another large increase.

  • The threat of employment-related class actions is also on the rise. In its 2008 Performance and Accountability Report, the EEOC said it expects to litigate “fewer small, individual cases and more cases on behalf of larger groups
    of individuals.”

  • The door is opening to more claims, as new legislation makes it easier for workers to sue. The new Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act gives workers alleging pay discrimination more time to file lawsuits. New provisions in the 2009 Americans With Disabilities Act make it easier to bring claims and will lead to an upswing in disability discrimination claims. A number of other bills that will enhance employee rights are also working their way through Congress.

To help you stay ahead of the curve with the many changes and challenges in this environment, American Conference Institute developed this timely and comprehensive event. We’ve assembled an impressive faculty of leading plaintiff and defense lawyers, in-house counsel and seasoned judges, from across the country, to give you the full picture for dealing with this complex – and burgeoning – area of litigation.

With all the new developments – many designed to assist employees – and the increase in claims, which is sure to continue throughout 2009, there has never been a better time to ensure you have the information and tools you need to advise your client.

 

Contents & Contributors

Legislative Round-Up: New Laws, Their Impact So Far, and a Look at What’s Next
Alison N. Davis, Littler Mendelson (Washington, DC)
Michael J. Eastman, Executive Director, Labor Law Policy, US Chamber of Commerce (Washington, DC)

Gender, Race, Age & Disability: Protecting Against New and Growing Areas of Risk
Jeffrey D. Wohl, Paul Hastings(San Francisco, CA)
Morris J. Baller, Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian (Oakland, CA)

Class Actions Considerations: Certification, Settlement and More
Rachel Geman, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP (New York, NY)

Ensuring Ethical Conduct When Litigating/Settling Employment Discrimination Claims
Jennifer M. Trulock, Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P. (Dallas, TX)



DOCUMENT TYPES: PPT DOC PDF PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: 7

8:00
Registration Desk Opens and Continental Breakfast Served
9:00
Co-Chairs' Opening Remarks
Ms. Lynne Hermle
Orrick‚ Herrington & Sutcliffe
Mr. Kevin Marks
General Counsel
Roche
9:15
Legislative Round-Up: New Laws‚ Their Impact So Far‚ and a Look at What's Next
Ms. Alison N. Davis
Shareholder
Littler Mendelson P.C.
1 file
Davis.A.1a
3.1 MB 52 pages Presentation
PDF - Davis.A.1a
Mr. Michael Eastman
Executive Director of Labor Policy
US Chamber of Commerce
2 files
Eastman.M.1a
2.6 MB 27 pages Presentation
PPT - Eastman.M.1a
Eastman.M.1b
45 KB 4 pages Presentation
DOC - Eastman.M.1b
10:30
Coffee Break
10:45
Gender‚ Race‚ Age & Disability: Protecting Against New and Growing Areas of Risk
Mr. Jeffrey Wohl
Partner
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP
1 file
Wohl.J.1a
891.5 KB 224 pages Presentation
PDF - Wohl.J.1a
Mr. Morris Baller
Partner
Goldstein‚ Demchak‚ Baller‚ Borgen & Dardarian
1 file
Baller.M.1a
88.5 KB 15 pages Presentation
DOC - Baller.M.1a
12:30
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
14:00
The EEOC Speaks: A Look at Current Priorities‚ Focus‚ Investigations and Enforcement
Ms. -Constance S. Barker
Commissioner
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
15:00
Afternoon Refreshment Break
15:15
Class Actions Considerations: Certification‚ Settlement and More
Ms. Camille Olson
Partner
Seyfarth Shaw
Ms. Kathleen Hughes
Employment Attorney
Union Pacific Railroad
Ms. Rachel Geman
Partner
Lieff Cabraser
1 file
Geman.Rachel
50 KB 9 pages Presentation
DOC - Geman.Rachel
16:30
Ensuring Ethical Conduct When Litigating/Settling Employment Discrimination Claims
Ms. Jennifer M. Trulock
Partner
Baker Botts LLP
1 file
Trulock.J.1a
804 KB 109 pages Presentation
DOC - Trulock.J.1a
17:30
Day One Concludes
8:00
Continental Breakfast
9:00
Co-Chairs' Opening Remarks
9:15
Managing the Surge in Retaliation Claims After Crawford and Other Key Decisions and Developments
Ms. M. Adrianne De Castro
Attorney
Rudy‚ Exelrod‚ Zieff & Lowe
10:15
Coffee Break
10:30
Judges Speak Out on Employment Discrimination and Class Action Litigation
The Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat
U.S. Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Hon. James L. Robart
District Judge
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
Moderator: Ms. Lynne Hermle
Orrick‚ Herrington & Sutcliffe
11:45
Best Practices for Preventing and Defending Against Employment Discrimination Claims and Class/Collective Actions
Mr. Brett G. Rawitz
Managing Counsel‚ Global Labor and Employment Law
McDonald's Corporation
Ms. Wanda E. Flowers
Chief Counsel‚ Labor‚ EEO & Employment
Sunoco‚ Inc.
Mr. Paul Adams
Associate General Counsel
The Gap‚ Inc.
Moderator: Mr. Kevin Marks
VP and General Counsel
Roche
13:00
Q&A Wrap-Up and Conference Concludes