Corporate Ethics and Compliance - The Employment Law Perspective
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | 4:00pm - 7:30pm | Cobb Galleria Centre
Sarbanes-Oxley, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and other ethics laws were once primarily the jurisdiction of the SEC and criminal attorneys. Not anymore. Seven years after the fall of Enron, over 70% of complaints to ethics hotlines are employment law-related, with over 60% involving "core" employment law issues of retaliation, harassment, discrimination, workplace violence and privacy. Simply put, the ethics issues raised most often by employees fall squarely under the responsibility of HR and employment law counsel. In SHRM-Atlanta's April chapter meeting, Littler Mendelson and ELT, Inc. will discuss the role of HR in preventing, investigating and resolving corporate ethics disputes.
-Dionysia Johnson-Massie, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson
-Scott Schneider, Director of Compliance, ELT
Dionysia Johnson-Massie is a litigator whose practice focuses primarily on federal employment discrimination litigation, including matters arising under Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. She also has defended clients against state law defamation, intentional interference with business relationships, assault and battery and false imprisonment claims. As a former General Counsel, Ms. Johnson-Massie uses her business acumen to consider creative and cost effective strategies for minimizing her clients’ exposure to a myriad of legal risks and is readily available to provide advice and counsel on the practical and legal implications of everyday employment decisions. Ms. Johnson-Massie also has significant experience providing training on diversity and discrimination issues, counseling employers on religious discrimination and accommodation matters and sexual and racial discrimination and harassment issues, resolving difficult and complex matters effectively and persuasively through mediations or summary judgment motions, and working with educational institutions on promotion, tenure and personnel policies. She represents and/or counsels clients in various industries, including finance, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, consumer services, manufacturing, higher education, and religious services.
Scott Schneider currently serves as Director of Compliance of ELT, one of the nation’s premier online compliance training providers. Scott brings more than a decade of experience in helping organizations of all size and sophistication levels formulate successful compliance strategies. Working with ELT clients to design strategic ethics and compliance programs to optimize training efforts, Scott serves as a point person on subjects ranging from state law harassment training requirements, recent EEO statistics and training trends, ethics and code of conduct and wage and hour liability.
Scott began his career as lawyer at a Los Angeles-based national law firm representing the aerospace industry in large scale compliance-related litigation. Scott received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa where he graduated with high distinction.