Three's a Crowd:
Dealing with Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation
How should an employer respond when harassment or other misconduct directed toward employees is committed by a key customer or vendor? This session will enable attendees to spot and successfully navigate the unique issues and risks created when third parties are participants in or witnesses to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Explore scenarios and recent cases involving customer bias, third-party harassment of employees, and employees witnessing and reporting alleged harassment of their coworkers.
Michael (Mike) Bell
Michael (“Mike”) Bell represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, focusing his practice on the defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, employment-related torts, and civil rights claims under state and federal law. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Bell obtained his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in English and History from Appalachian State University. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he captained the school’s Environmental Negotiation Moot Court team. Mr. Bell is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has repeatedly been named a “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly magazine, an award given to the top 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys 40 or younger. Mr. Bell was also named in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in two categories: Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.
Roger G. Trim
As one of the founding attorneys of Ogletree Deakins’ Denver Office, Roger G. Trim’s practice focuses exclusively on representing and counseling employers in a broad spectrum of employment matters including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and noncompete cases. Mr. Trim has successfully defended employers in litigation involving Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Family Medical and Leave Act, the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, the Colorado Wage Claim Act, the Montana Wrongful Discharge from Employment Act, and 42 U.S.C. 1981 claims. Mr. Trim has represented employers in single- and multi-plaintiff cases in both federal and state court and has extensive experience in pattern and practice and class action litigation. He has successfully represented employers in numerous administrative proceedings before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Division, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the National Labor Relations Board and the United States Department of Labor. Mr. Trim has significant experience with alternative dispute resolution and has represented clients in multiple employment and traditional labor arbitration proceedings.
1 SHRM PDC & 1 HRCI General Credit