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"Protecting Women from Sexual Harassment in the Workplace"

By now, we all know the terms “#metoo” and “#timesup” in reference to the movement to report, combat, and end workplace sexual harassment. In the trucking industry, sexual harassment takes on a new dimension because of the mobile nature of the work and an industry dominated by one gender. In this session, we will provide perspective on:

  • What “sexual harassment” means under the law and how to make, confront, and resolve harassment complaints. 
  • Industry-specific examples where harassment laws were violated and provide a framework for creating and updating an effective harassment policy
  • How to handle harassment allegations. For drivers, you will leave the session with a better understanding of your legal rights and what is legally unacceptable conduct.
  • For dispatchers and managers, you will leave the session better equipped to spot and address sexual harassment concerns before it becomes a financial liability for you and your trucking company.

For dispatchers and managers, you will leave the session better equipped to spot and address sexual harassment concerns before it becomes a financial liability for you and your trucking company.

About the Presenters:  

Jaclyn Staple

Jackie C. Staple is an associate in Benesch’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Jackie has handled discrimination charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state administrative agencies. She has experience conducting investigations, and has handled numerous discrimination lawsuits based on race, gender, age, disability, and military status. Jackie has briefed appeals in state and federal court, including the Ohio Supreme Court. In addition to working with employers in thehealthcare, finance and banking, and retail industries, Jackie formerly worked in student affairs and has advised colleges and universities on Title IX compliance.

 

Margarita Santos Krncevic is a skilled labor and employment attorney with prior in-house legal experience at a Fortune 500 financial services company in Washington, D.C. She counsels employers to comply with federal, state, and local laws in taking workforce actions, such as hiring, progressive discipline, terminations, requests for religious or ADA accommodations, managing FMLA (including intermittent) leave, and mitigating co-employment issues. Margarita represents clients in workforce disputes at jury and bench trials, hearings, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative proceedings before federal, state and local agencies. Margarita is a native Spanish speaker and also advises her clients on compliance with immigration issues, including H1-B and familybased visas, labor condition applications, and conducting I-9 audits.

Facilitator: Stephanie Penninger is a partner in Benesch's Litigation and Transportation & Logistics Practice Groups and Chair of the firm’s Maritime Transportation Group. She focuses her practice on representing motor carriers, third party logistics providers, ocean transportation intermediaries, national shippers, large private fleets and water carriers in the domestic, non-contiguous trade lanes concerning transportation and logistics matters, including: providing counseling concerning maritime and admiralty law issues and regulatory compliance, handling maritime casualty matters, drafting ocean transportation service agreements and prosecuting and defending freight charge disputes and cargo claims for loss, damage or delay.