Womble Bond Dickinson and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s South Carolina Chapter teamed up for a June 20 CLE on important trends in employment law and business litigation.
The three-hour CLE took place in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Charleston, Columbia and Greenville offices. Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Alissa Fleming, Kevin Hall, Ashley Kutz Kelley and Keith Munson led the following sessions:
- Employers Beware: A Speed Round of Trending Topics —Presenters delivered a fast paced break-down of new issues, recent developments, risks and enforcement trends in employment law.
- Does Title VII’s Ban on “Sex” Discrimination Prohibit Discrimination on the Basis of “Sexual Orientation?” —The United States Supreme Court will consider three cases that ask whether federal anti-discrimination laws should apply to sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. Two of the cases were consolidated because both include claims that employers discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation. The third case involves the question of whether existing discrimination laws apply to transgender workers. The court’s decision to take up these cases could resolve the existing circuit split on the issue and, hopefully, will provide employers clarity on the issue.
- Picking and Prepping a Proper Corporate Rep Witness —Whether a company is the plaintiff or defendant in litigation, the most important witness will likely be the corporation itself. The designated witnesses do not need to be the most knowledgeable on the identified topics. In fact, personal knowledge often runs counter to corporate knowledge and can be hard to keep isolated. A corporate counsel’s advise on picking and prepping the proper corporate representative can have both immediate and long-term impact on the litigation at hand.
More than 40 guests from around South Carolina attended the CLE event. Receptions were held in all three offices following the program.