Your Employee Did WHAT?? Legal Obligations to Address Workplace Harassment and Discrimination

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference

Human Resources and managers are crucial to maintaining a workplace free from harassment, discrimination and retaliation. You and they are the key to both prevention and correction. This presentation will focus on yours and your managers' unequivocal affirmative responsibilities when harassment, discrimination or retaliation is alleged. It will arm you with practical, business-focused ways of communicating the absolute critical nature of you and your manager’s legal obligation to address complaints about harassment, discrimination and retaliation. 

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 10:20am to 10:38am

Michael S. Cohen, J.D.

Michael S.
Cohen, J.D.

Michael S. Cohen is a partner in Duane Morris’ Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group.  Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. He has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; diversity, equity and inclusion; combatting implicit bias; performance management; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; performance evaluations; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; leave of absence policies; LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace; substance abuse testing; workplace violence; records retention; conducting background checks; and more. Michael also has conducted investigations into claims of harassment and discrimination and has drafted employee handbooks, employment agreements, non-compete agreements and post-termination agreements. Michael regularly conducts in excess of 200 trainings each year.  He has represented clients throughout the country in EEO and other administrative proceedings.

Michael has been cited as a national authority on employment issues by The New York Times, The Associated Press, USA Today,, HR Magazine, SHRM On-Line, Employment Law 360, Inside Counsel Magazine, as well as many other publications. Michael serves as an Advisory Board Member of GenHERation and as a Board Member of Serve, Inc. Michael is a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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