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    April Chapter Meeting (Morning Meeting): How an Employment Lawsuit Works​

    Date: April 8, 2021, 7:45am – 9:00am
    Lynchburg Regional SHRM Inc.
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    Topic: How an Employment Lawsuit Works​

    Be the HR Hero When You Get Sued!

    What really happens when you get sued?  What kind of evidence is useful and what actions could hurt your company?

    After this session, you’ll have a better understanding of how your documentation and actions can make you the hero if your company gets sued. 

    The following topics will be addressed:

    • How does an employment lawsuit begin?
    • How can an employer defend its actions?
    • How can you be proactive in building a defense?
    • What are the best practices for documenting employment actions?

    Learning Objectives:

    After this session, attendees should be able to:

    1. Identify what kinds of employment actions are more likely to lead to a lawsuit.
    2. Explain how to defend an employment action.
    3. Evaluate current employment documentation standards and policies.
    4. Create a plan to update policies and procedures as needed to conform to best practices for documentation.


    Speakers: Patice Holland, Principal, Labor & Employment Practice, Woods Rogers and Leah Stiegler Associate,  Labor & Employment Practice, Woods Rogers

    Patice is an attorney with a diverse litigation practice and experience. She focuses primarily on employment litigation defense, general civil and commercial litigation, intellectual property, and insurance defense. She has extensive experience litigating cases in state and federal court as well as in mediation. Through her litigation experience, Patice has garnered extensive knowledge in defending witness and document subpoenas and FOIA requests.

    Leah advises employers on compliance with employment laws and defends actions before agencies including the EEOC, DOL, and NLRB. Leah has substantial federal trial experience, conducts workplace and board training sessions, and guides managers through workplace investigations. Leah has traveled the Mid-Atlantic speaking about diversity and implicit bias.



    Pending: Pre-Approval for SHRM Credit (1.00 "General HR" Credit Hour)

    Pending: Pre-Approval for HRCI Credit (1.00 PDC Credit Hour)


    Sponsors: Sponsorship is available for this meeting.