KBK Attorneys to Present at ABA National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law

March 15, 2024

The American Bar Association will host its 2024 National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law in Boston, Massachusetts on March 19–21. This year, KBK Partners Lisa Banks, Jennifer Liu, Carolyn Wheeler, Rebecca Peterson-Fisher, and Senior Associate Matthew LaGarde will be participating in the conference as panelists, facilitators, and moderators discussing various issues in employment law.

Lisa Banks serves as the Employee Council Liaison and will participate in an update from section leadership, at 11:45 AM on Wednesday, March 20.

Jennifer Liu will facilitate an update from various government officials and regulators. This update will include senior officials from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Office of Federal Contract Compliance, and U.S. Department of Justice. These officials will provide introductory remarks and participate in a discussion on topical issues about government litigation, recent court decisions involving their agencies, strategic plans and task forces, and recent and expected agency guidance and Executive Orders. This update begins at 9 AM on Wednesday, March 20.

Matthew LaGarde will moderate the panel: “Whistleblower Protections in Light of Murray v. UBS Securities”. This panel is about a recent U.S. Supreme Court case involving the anti-retaliation provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, 18 U.S.C. § 1514A (“SOX”). Rejecting the decision of the Second Circuit, the Court found that a plaintiff does not need to prove retaliatory intent to establish causation in a SOX retaliation claim. LaGarde previously wrote on this topic for the KBK blog following the Supreme Court’s decision. This panel begins at 2 PM on Wednesday, March 20.

Rebecca Peterson-Fisher will participate in the panel, “A Practitioners’ Guide to Worker Classification.” The panel will explore the legal definition of “independent contractor” under EEO laws and the EEO implications of misclassification. This panel begins at 1:45 PM on Thursday, March 21.

Carolyn Wheeler, will participate on a panel discussing “Terms and Conditions May Apply: Potential Expansion of the Current Understanding of “Adverse Action” in Employment Law.”  The panel will discuss the upcoming Supreme Court decision in Muldrow v. City of St. Louis, which will decide whether an employee can challenge an involuntary transfer made for illegal reasons if it does not reduce her pay.  Wheeler co-authored an amicus brief in support of the employee in this case, filed on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and the National Women’s Law Center. The panel is at 9:00 AM on Thursday, March 21














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