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Legislative Developments and Litigation Practices Stemming From the #MeToo Movement

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Produced on September 27, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 32m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Litigation Labor & Employment

Course Description

Workplace harassment is a sensitive topic and movements like #MeToo have brought the issue to the forefront for employers around the country. In this course, Tannenbaum Helpern attorneys, Joseph D. Lockinger, Andrew P. Yacyshyn and Alexandra Kamenetsky Shea, will speak about recent legislative developments and how they will impact what employers must do to comply with these new laws when addressing the issue of workplace harassment with staff. Topics include what to do when an employee makes a complaint of harassment, updates on litigation-related issues when a sexual harassment lawsuit is filed, and more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop best practices for handling an internal complaint of sexual harassment and conducting an internal investigation
  2. Discuss updates to litigation strategies and approaches being used by counsel to employers when a harassment or discrimination lawsuit is filed by an employee
  3. Create and maintain a respectful workplace

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Joseph Lockinger

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

As an associate in Tannenbaum Helpern’s Employment Law practice, Joseph Lockinger works primarily on management-side employment litigation and counseling. When counseling clients on employment-related issues, Joseph works to provide the information and knowledge clients will need to navigate through the decision-making process, while mitigating their risk and ensuring that the client’s bottom line is always respected and considered. Joseph also regularly defends clients facing allegations and charges of unlawful conduct (such as discrimination, hostile work environment, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, or wage and hour violations) and he uses his extensive employment litigation experience to develop effective defense strategies for the claims asserted against his clients. He has litigated cases in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Right, and the National Labor Relations Board. Joseph also defends and provides counseling for clients facing claims brought pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title III (along with comparable state or local statutes). These cases typically involve allegations that barriers in public accommodations (businesses that are open to the public) impede full access for persons with disabilities.

Joseph’s clients include large businesses, non-profits, small to mid-size businesses and start-ups. He has experience working with clients in a variety of industries, such as: hospitality, financial services, professional services, staffing, and technology.

Alexandra Kamenetsky Shea

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Alexandra Kamenetsky Shea is an Associate in the Tannenbaum Helpern’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, which litigates a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters in both state and federal courts. Alexandra assists clients in all aspects of litigation, from pre-suit investigation through mediation or trial. She counsels clients on complex commercial disputes involving, breach of contract, securities, fraud, employment disputes and various business torts, including unfair competition and breach of restrictive covenants. Alexandra advises clients in a variety of industries including real estate, construction, staffing and finance and contributes frequently to the monthly Attorney Professionalism Forum in the NYSBA Journal addressing various ethical issues faced by attorneys.

Prior to joining Tannenbaum Helpern, Alexandra was an associate at a national law firm, handling litigation matters in New York and New Jersey, in state and federal courts. At her prior firm, she was an active member of the firm’s commercial litigation and products liability practice groups focusing on defense of casualty claims, commercial litigation, and class action defense. Alexandra has significant experience working with clients in the elevator and escalator industry.

Following her graduation from law school, Alexandra served as the law clerk to the Honorable Charles E. Powers, Jr., J.S.C, in the New Jersey Superior Court, Civil Division.

Andrew P. Yacyshyn

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Andrew P. Yacyshyn is an associate in Tannenbaum Helpern's Employment Law and Corporate, Capital Formation and Securities Law practice groups, as well as its Staffing Law practice. Andrew advises clients on various employment matters including wage and hour compliance; allegations and charges of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination; background checks and internal workplace investigations; misclassification of workers; the administration and implementation of employee policies and procedures; and compliance with federal, state, and local employment and labor laws. Andrew reviews and drafts employee handbooks, confidentiality agreements and other restrictive covenants, employment agreements, and separation agreements. Andrew also has experience conducting internal workplace investigations of harassment and discrimination.

In the field of Corporate, Capital Formation and Securities Law, Andrew helps clients negotiate and implement mergers and acquisitions and related transactions, and advises clients on corporate transactions, corporate governance, and business formation. Andrew drafts and prepares stock and asset purchase agreements, merger agreements, operating agreements, and other corporate documents for privately held companies.

Andrew received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2015. During his time at Fordham, Andrew served in Fordham's Consumer Litigation Clinic and was awarded the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award for his efforts. In addition, Andrew held positions in a private litigation law firm and subsequently in New York Life Insurance Company's Office of the General Counsel.


Terrence G.

Excellent program.

Camilla L.

Excellent content, very informative.

Lizzy S.

very informative and relevant

April R.

Very practical and topical information

Mary T.

I like the conversational/panel format.

Stephen W.

Great course! Highly informative and well presented.

Holly T.

Great questions - great presentation!!

Danyelle G.

I think all of the speakers sounded very knowledgeable and informative. I was especially impressed by Alexandra's commentary regarding best practices and the importance of communication with the client.

Stephanie G.

This contemporary topic was very informative.

Holly R.

The presenters were great and each brought something to the presentation. Thanks for timely program!

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