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Our Guest Speaker this month is Lori Goldstein. She will be speaking on "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – A Legal Perspective"
The recent bombardment of sexual harassment claims and repercussions is astounding and the world is taking it seriously. From allegations against Harvey Weinstein, top entertainers and journalists, to politicians, the financial industry and more, “me too” stories are being revealed and accusations are flying, together with denials or apologies. Harassment and retaliation lawsuits are on the rise, secret settlements revealed, and harassers are losing their employment, businesses, families and reputations. Even Time magazine recognized the “Silence Breakers” (sexual harassment victim complainants) as the 2017 Person of the Year.
Apart from moral issues, sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. Learn about employers’ legal obligations to protect employees against sexual harassment and from retaliation for reporting it. We will cover:
- Types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile environment
- Employer liability for supervisor vs. co-worker harassment
- Risk management and affirmative defenses available to employers
- The significance of anti-retaliation laws
- Common manager mistakes
- Practical tips and next steps
, an employment lawyer since 1984, represents business owners, employers and employees through her sole practice, the Law Office of Lori A. Goldstein LLC. After receiving her undergraduate and law degrees from University of Illinois, Lori worked as a management-side employment and litigation attorney for two mid-sized Chicago law firms before starting her own firm in 2011. Her advice on workplace rights and issues ranges from discrimination, harassment and retaliation, to equal pay, wage-hour, employment and independent contractor agreements, and severance agreements. Employer compliance audits and training, administrative claims, and defense of charges of employment law violations are also a regular part of her practice, and she presents regularly on employment law topics. Lori is practical and passionate about helping organizations and individuals achieve peaceful solutions to workplace issues, find closure, and move forward.
Giving back to the community is also very important to Lori. She’s held several volunteer and nonprofit board positions, including current roles as Board Member at Career Resource Center in Lake Forest, Vice President of the New Trier High School Board of Education, and Governing Board Member of the North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED.) She also serves as a volunteer attorney at the Lawyers for the Creative Arts.
Lori has been honored by several awards, including Superlawyers Illinois 2016 and 2017
, Superlawyers Illinois 2017: Top 100 Lawyers, and Superlawyers Illinois 2017: Top 50 Women Lawyers. Rated "Superb" by AVVO and “Distinguished” by Martindale-Hubbell.