Debra S. Katz Co-Chairs and Presents at ALI Employment Law Conference

On March 14, 2013, Debra S. Katz presented a continuing legal education seminar entitled “Title VII Update, Including Developments in the Area of Sexual, Religious and Racial Harassment” at the American Law Institute Conference for Advanced Employment Law and Litigation.  Ms. Katz is also serving as one of the co-chairs of the Conference.  The seminar discussed how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and plaintiffs’ attorneys have been expanding their claims in discrimination litigation.  The presentation outlined the latest developments, identified the latest theories, and reported on the success and setbacks for the EEOC and parties in the Courts.

On March 16, 2013, Ms. Katz will present two more seminars at the Conference.  The first is entitled “Ethical Problems in Employment Litigation.”  That seminar will discuss the effects of technology on ethics issues in employment litigation, as well as conflicts among employers, corporations, supervisors, insurers, codefendants, individual plaintiffs, class members, and the class.  The presentation will also address settlement obligations, restrictions on attorneys, dealing with purloined documents, and counsels' new duties under Sarbanes-Oxley.

The final presentation Ms. Katz will make at the Conference is entitled “Whistleblowing Litigation.”  During that session, Ms. Katz will discuss important legal developments in the area of Sarbanes Oxley Act ("SOX"), which have greatly expanded the scope of protections afforded to whistleblowers, and other statutory whistleblower claims administered by the Department of Labor. Ms. Katz will also address the Dodd-Frank Act, which created broad new whistleblower protections and incentive programs to reward and protect individuals who report violations of the laws that govern a wide range of activities in the financial and commodities trading sectors of the economy.  Finally, Ms. Katz will review legal developments under the False Claims Act whistleblower protection provision.

Ms. Katz is a founding partner with Katz Banks Kumin, and specializes in the representation of plaintiffs in employment law, whistleblower, civil rights and civil liberties matters. She was selected by Best Lawyers as the 2013 Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year for Washington, D.C., and was selected by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Washington, D.C. for the fifth year in a row.

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