Austin Smith
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Austin Smith
Responding to "alt" Views in the Workplace
Evergreen A Conference Room - 10:00 am


Austin Smith is the Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Denver office. In addition to his litigation practice, which focuses on employment discrimination and wage and hour cases, Mr. Smith helps employers avoid potential liabilities down the road. He regularly provides on-site training to employers, economic groups, and professional organizations on issues affecting the employment relationship. In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Smith has been a frequent speaker and media resource for Colorado’s new recreational marijuana laws, and he recently published an article in the Colorado Lawyer entitled “Advising Colorado Employers in Response to Threats of Workplace Violence”. Before joining Ogletree in 2011, Mr. Smith practiced labor and employment law in both Alabama and Colorado. He currently practices in Alabama, California and Colorado.


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Responding to "alt" Views in the Workplace
Co-Presented with David Zwisler
How far can employees go in expressing personal opinions, views, and political beliefs at work? Can employers discipline or even terminate employees who make hurtful, or even hateful, statements to coworkers or customers? Can employers take action against employees who express views that are incompatible with the views of the owners or senior managers? This presentation will answer these questions and provide practical guidance on how to manage employees who express points of view that sound extreme, are outside the norm for your workplace or are simply disliked by members of management.

Engage. Educate. Empower.

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