No More Taboos - “We Can Talk About that In the Workplace”: Legal Framework for Dialogue on Race, Gender, Gender Identity, Religion, Bias, Equity, Pay Equity and Social Justice Allyship

HR Reimagined: SHRM Northern California Annual Conference 2020

Silence about things that matter to us impairs fostering an inclusive work environment. Yet conversations about sensitive subjects can become divisive and polarizing, and can even be perceived as creating a hostile environment or revealing a discriminatory animus. This program will discuss legal boundaries and explore approaches to effectively handling open dialogue regarding race, gender, gender identity, religion, bias, equity and social justice allyship.


  • Learn how to have conversations about sensitive subjects in the workplace without creating a hostile environment or revealing discriminatory animus.
  • Learn the legal boundaries and effective approaches for discussions about race, gender, gender identity, religion and bias.
  • Learn about the current state of pay equity and how this has played out in the court system.
  • Learn about social justice allyship and how this relates to the workplace.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Friday, September 25, 2020 - 10:45am to 11:45am

Regina Petty, Esq.

Petty, Esq.

Regina Petty is a partner in the San Diego and Los Angeles offices of Fisher Phillips. She practices in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels and is experienced in multi-district and class-action litigation. Regina advises employers and public agency boards and handles litigation for private and public employers. She successfully argued Jones v. The Lodge at Torrey Pines Partnership, (2008) 42 Cal.4th 1158, before the California Supreme Court, a case noted on Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin's top 10 list of most significant cases and trends for the Fair Employment and Housing Act's 50th anniversary.

Regina is a past president of the San Diego County Bar Association and a former member of the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She is "AV" peer-review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in San Diego Super Lawyers every year since its inaugural issue. She has been named one of the Los Angeles Daily Journal's Top 75 Women Litigators in California and one of the San Diego Daily Transcript's Top Ten Attorneys in both the labor and employment and business litigation categories.

Regina is also a recipient of the San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award, and she was honored by the Stanford University Black Community Services Center with its Legacy Award.

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Concurrent Session
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All Levels
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