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  • Description
    Bias can influence employment decisions, even unintentionally. Any form of bias, even just perceived, can translate into legal action against a law firm. This CLE course will explain how bias can translate into legal causes of action and show how these lawsuits have affected certain law firms. Learn what to avoid, what actions to take, and how to make sure that our profession creates a fair and just playing field for all.
  • Instructor Bio

    Beth Whittenbury

    Beth K. Whittenbury started her law career with what was then San Francisco’s largest law firm, litigating employment cases and giving advice to employers. She left to found her legal consulting practice dedicated to resolving employment issues without litigation. She currently conducts workplace fact-finding investigations, workplace resolution systems audits, employee mediations, and sexual harassment training in compliance with AB 1825.

    Her recent book, Investigating the Workplace Harassment Claim, made the American Bar Association Best Seller List in December, 2012 within forty-five days of publication. She’s also the author of A Manager’s Guide to Preventing Liability for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, a useful gift for managers, as well as a teacher’s guide which can be used by HR professionals to give AB 1825 compliant training sessions. In addition, Ms Whittenbury has written numerous articles for lawyer and human resources practitioner publications.

    Ms. Whittenbury is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). She currently serves on the Council for the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (CRSJ) of the American Bar Association (ABA) and as the Co-Chair of that section’s Education Committee. She also serves the Commission on Youth at Risk as the liaison from the CRSJ Section. She is a Past Chair of the Employment Law and Litigation Committee for the Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the ABA and is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the California Bar Association. Ms. Whittenbury is also a former Board member of NCHRA (Northern California Human Resources Association) and a current member of PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association), both local chapters of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).