Employment Law 2022: Navigating the Modern Workplace: Diversity, Technology, and the Pandemic

Fri, February 4, 2022   |   8:55 am - 4:30 p.m.   |  
  |   CLE Hours: 6.0 CLE Hours (inc. 1.0 Technology hr., 2.0 Ethics hrs. & 1.0 Substance Abuse/Mental Health hr.)

Speakers & Topics

8:00 a.m. Registration (in person only)
8:55 a.m. Welcoming Remarks by Program Chairs
  • Joseph Hjelt, Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group, P.A., Durham
  • Glen Savits, Green Savits, LLC, Wilmington
  • Trisha Pande, Patterson Harkavy LLP, Chapel Hill
9:00 a.m. Intersectional Discrimination and Title VII

This panel will cover intersectional discrimination claims – claims in which a plaintiff suffers discrimination on the basis of more than one protected characteristic – in Title VII cases. Panelists will give an overview of how the law has evolved regarding intersectional discrimination, as well as the challenges to and effective strategies for litigating intersectional discrimination cases.

  • Jennifer Bills, Noble Law, Chapel Hill
  • Christine Rodriguez, The Law Office of Christine Rodriguez, Charlotte
10:00 a.m. Brave New World: The impact of Technology on Worker Privacy

Technology affects every aspect of the employer-employee relationship. Among the many issues to be discussed are an employee’s expectation of privacy when using a company’s servers or when using their own devices for work, and the use of social media to investigate worker conduct.

  • Geraldine Sumter, Ferguson, Chambers & Sumter, P.A, Charlotte
  • Nina Pirrotti, Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, Wilmington
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. The Impact of COVID on Lawyer Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Robynn Moraites, Director, NC Lawyers Assistance Program
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Duvall v. Novant Health: Case Debrief

Luke Largess will discuss a recent “reverse discrimination” case against Novant Health executive resulting in a $10,000,000 punitive damage award.

  • Luke Largess, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC, Charlotte
2:45 p.m. COVID Update - OSHA
  • Carol Brooke, North Carolina Justice Center, Raleigh
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Implicit Bias as a Barrier to Justice

Implicit bias is prevalent in our justice system impacting both clients and lawyers. This CLE explores how implicit bias works, how it impacts legal practice, and effective ways to minimize or remedy bias in lawyering.

  • Honorable Rickye McKoy-Mitchell, District Court Judge, Charlotte


4:30 p.m. Adjourn
Virtual Registration
Event Rates
Regular Rates
$290 NCAJ Member
$250 NCAJ Attorney Member (2-5 years licensure)
$185 NCAJ Public Service Member
$140 NCAJ Legal Assistant Member
$99 NCAJ New Admittee Member
$390 Non-Member
$185 NCAJ Retired Member
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