COVID-19 has changed the world of work as we know it. Millions of Americans have suffered furloughs or lost their jobs entirely, and the country is experiencing record high unemployment. We are at a critical juncture. As the county attempts to rekindle its economy, some businesses remain shuttered while others are cautiously opening back up. At the same time, workers remain concerned about their health and the safety of their loved ones, but economic insecurity is equally pressing.
This program, taught by civil rights attorney Iris Halpern, will review workers’ rights in the era of COVID-19, including the obligations of employers to provide safe work environments and address employee safety concerns; the rights of employees with pre-existing medical conditions or who are part of other vulnerable populations; the increase of incidents of discrimination and retaliation in the workplace; and laws governing paid and unpaid medical leave due to COVID-19. The program is primarily directed at attorneys representing workers and advocating for the rights of employees in the workplace but can also assist lawyers who want to advise their corporate clients about contemporary workplace issues relating to COVID-19.
Iris Halpern is a civil rights attorney at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC specializing in employment discrimination and employee rights. Before joining the firm, Iris worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, ultimately serving as the Senior Trial Attorney and an Acting Supervisory Attorney in the agency’s Denver Field Office. From individuals to a large class cases, Iris has helped hundreds of employees vindicate their rights, including pursuing class-based actions to enforce religious and disability accommodations, clamp down on age discrimination, and eradicate sexual and racial harassment in the workplace. She is also active in expanding LGBTQ rights, having piloted several cases seeking to expand protections for gay, lesbian, and transgender employees under federal antidiscrimination laws.
Iris has published widely on various legal civil rights topics particularly in the fields of disability rights, sexual harassment, and electronic discovery in employment cases. She co-authored the chapter on a plaintiff’s perspective on e-discovery in the American Bar Association (ABA) & Bloomberg BNA treatise WORKPLACE DATA: LAW AND LITIGATION. She is often asked to lecture and teach CLEs on a wide range of employment topics and taught Employment Discrimination Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. Most recently, The Denver Post published several guest columns co-authored by Iris advising employees about their rights during COVID-19, and her insight on the subject has been featured on the blog of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.
Iris is a graduate from the University of California Berkeley School of Law and holds a B.A. from Tufts University. She is also Fulbright Scholar and worked as a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union before entering the practice of law.
· New York
· U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
· U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
Timely and excellent, thorough presentation.
Very dry presentation