Recognizing and Addressing "Bro Culture" and Other Barriers to Gender Inclusion in the Legal Industry

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CA1.25(Includes 1.00 Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession)
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Recognizing and Addressing "Bro Culture" and Other Barriers to Gender Inclusion in the Legal Industry
Recognizing and Addressing "Bro Culture" and Other Barriers to Gender Inclusion in the Legal Industry

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Course Credit Hours: CA 1.25 Bias
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Course Description

The issue of gender discrimination has received significant media attention over the course of the last several years vis-à-vis the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which highlighted long-standing issues of sexual harassment and pay discrimination in many organizations. In order to mitigate sex harassment in the workplace, employers need to take steps toward creating a professional environment where men and women feel welcomed to the same degree. A significant barrier to this type of inclusivity has been so-called “bro culture.” This is defined in various ways, but it is fundamentally an accepted culture of bias manifested in behaviors and decisions that support the exclusion of women in the organization, both socially and professionally. The legal industry is not immune to these issues. This program will inform attorneys on how a "bro culture" can be recognized in their workplace, and give practical instruction on how to break down these types of barriers if they exist.

Length: 1hr 11min

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Very informative and timely course. Highly recommend.
- Manohar S.
This is another excellent presentation from Lexvid. The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and presents the course in a very interesting, yet very understandable manner that should make all of us, men and women, really think about the issues of gender bias and discrimination. This should be taken by all attorneys.
- Constance H.
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Rachelle Berlin Weathersby

EDUCATION Juris Doctor, Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 1994 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance and Real Estate, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, May 1991 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Consulting Employment Practices Solutions, Inc. Consultant October 1999 - present Consultant for HR consulting group that assists employers with the prevention of employment law claims. Significant experience in the following areas: • Conducting investigations related to internal complaints of harassment and discrimination (including extensive witness interviews, drafting of internal written reports, and working with both in-house and outside counsel) • Conducting live multimedia interactive training sessions for management and employers both in the U.S. and abroad (on sexual and other harassment, discrimination, diversity and conflict management) • Drafting teaching materials for use in seminars (including the creation of PowerPoint presentations) • Human Resources Audits of employment practices and policies for clients Legal Thomas L. Case & Associates, Dallas, Texas Associate September 1994 to October 1999 Associate attorney in a civil litigation firm specializing in employment law in state and federal court, with an emphasis in cases involving claims of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, racial harassment, age discrimination, disability discrimination, Texas Worker’s Compensation retaliation, Texas Whistleblower’s Act, Sabine Pilot, and common law claims accompanying claims for wrongful termination Significant experience in the following areas: • Litigation management from case inception through settlement and/or judgment/appeal • Experience working with in-house counsel at Fortune 500 company • Successful representation of both employers and plaintiffs • Responding to requests for information from the EEOC (gathering responsive documents and drafting position statements) Rachelle Berlin Weathersby, Esq. rweathersby@epspros.com • All aspects of discovery (including drafting/responding/objecting to written discovery, investigation, taking/defending depositions, and coordination with expert witnesses and review of expert reports) • Heavy motion and drafting practice (including complaints/petitions, answers, affidavits, summary judgment, trial pleadings, compel, and appellate briefs) • Jury trial experience (State and Federal), and extensive hearing experience LICENSE/CERTIFICATIONS Admitted to practice law in Texas, November 1994 MEMBERSHIPS Member of State Bar of Texas (Rachelle Marie Berlin, 00790299), Dallas Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section), Dallas Human Resources Association, and Attorneys Serving the Community Employment Law Instructor, Southeastern Paralegal Institute, Dallas, Texas, Fall 2000

rweathersby@epspros.com

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