Domestic Violence Doesn’t Work

2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
Workplace Application: You will learn about the dynamics of intimate partner violence, the impact it has on your workplace and the potential liability your organization faces

Events of the past year have made clear that domestic violence impacts workplaces, whether or not you are prepared for it. As an HR professional, it is important to know what your responsibilities are in these situations, and how to respond appropriately. Through discussions and experiential activities, you will leave with a strategy for your organization to address the issue and awareness of current laws and proposed legislation affecting employers’ rights and responsibilities.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9:15am to 10:45am

Lisa Nitsch


Lisa serves as Director of Clinical Services & Education at House of Ruth Maryland. Lisa is responsible for oversight of adult therapeutic services, children’s therapy, residential childcare, intervention programs for perpetrators of intimate partner violence, and the agency’s Training Institute. Lisa oversees the day-to-day operation of these programs and coordinates new program initiatives to improve the quality and scope of services.

Lisa has been with House of Ruth Maryland since 1998 and her emphasis on a family perspective for addressing intimate partner violence was cause for an invitation to the White House in March of 2010 to consult on federal legislation regarding responsible fatherhood programs and domestic violence.  She served as the Vice President of the national organization, Women in Fatherhood, for over six years and as Chair of Maryland’s Abuse Intervention Collaborative for ten years. She currently serves on the Governor’s Family Violence Council and Baltimore City’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.

Lisa demonstrates strength in creating collaborative partnerships between programs that have historically conflicting agendas and provides technical assistance in this area to programs across the country. 

Lisa is a Baltimore City native and is proud to continue to live and work there with her incredibly patient husband and gentle pit bull.


Maya Raghu


Maya Raghu is the Deputy Director of Policy at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor. As a member of the agency’s senior leadership team, she advises the Director on the development and implementation of strategies, regulations, policies and programs to further the agency’s mission, and represents the interests of OFCCP with other agencies within the Department, the federal government, and with stakeholders.

Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Ms. Raghu served as the Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, where she developed and coordinated priorities and strategies for NWLC’s workplace gender equality efforts, with a focus on low paid workers. She led federal legislative and regulatory initiatives and advocacy, stakeholder engagement, engaged in narrative shift and culture change efforts, and impact litigation and amicus briefs on a range of workplace gender equality and economic security issues including pay equity, harassment, and civil rights enforcement. Prior to joining NWLC, Ms. Raghu was a senior attorney at Futures Without Violence and at Legal Momentum. She was also previously an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a law clerk to the Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore of the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Raghu is a graduate of Trinity University and Georgetown University Law Center. She has appeared in a number of media outlets, including PBS Newshour, NPR, CNN, and The New York Times.

Renaissance Ballroom West A
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
 This has been submitted and is pending approval from HRCI
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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