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ERE SIG: The Speak Out Evolution from Ms. Magazine to #MeToo
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ERE SIG: The Speak Out Evolution from Ms. Magazine to #MeToo

Employment Relations & Engagement SIG Event
Presented by: Jeremy Schneider & Nickole Winnett
Location: Jackson Lewis Office
Approved for 1.5 Business credits by HRCI. Approved for 1.5 credits by SHRM.

When: Friday, February 2, 2018
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: Jackson Lewis Office
10701 Parkridge Blvd., Suite 300
Reston, Virginia  20191
United States
Presenter: Nickole Winnett & Jeremy Schneider

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Employment Relations & Engagement SIG Program
The Speak Out Evolution from Ms. Magazine to #MeToo: The Time Is Now for Employers to Re-Examine Their Practices

Friday, February 2, 2018
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM



  • Member Rate: $0
  • Non-Member Rate: $15



08:00 AM
Registration, Networking and Announcements

08:30 AM
The Speak Out Evolution from Ms. Magazine to #MeToo: The Time Is Now for Employers to Re-Examine Their Practices

 ‼️ This program has been approved for 1.5 Business recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute(HRCI). This program has been approved for 1.5 recertification credits by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Employers should evaluate their practices to ensure they maintain and implement preventive and
remedial measures that have been recommended by employment law practitioners, and agencies like
the EEOC, for years.

These recommendations include:

  1. Maintaining robust policies prohibiting all forms of harassment based on any protected class,
    including sex, and ensuring such policies are compliant with federal and applicable state law.
  2. Establishing and communicating a clear reporting mechanism, which requires employees to
    report workplace harassment and provides multiple avenues to bring such complaints.
  3. Establishing and communicating a strong policy prohibiting retaliation and holding managers
    accountable for upholding it.
  4. Training all employees (supervisors and non-supervisors) on discrimination, harassment,
    reporting, and retaliation, with a focus on what employees should do and not only on what they
    should not.
  5. Confirming the training program meets requirements in states (e.g., California, Maine, and
    Connecticut) where harassment training is mandated.
  6. Investigating all allegations of harassment quickly and thoroughly and taking prompt remedial
    action when necessary.
  7. Holding accountable all managers, not just human resources or legal departments, for abiding by
    and enforcing the organizations policies and practices.



Nickole Winnett
Principal, Jackson Lewis

NICKOLE WINNETT is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a member of the Employment Litigation and the Workplace Safety and Health practice groups. Ms. Winnett is a frequent contributor on Jackson Lewis’ OSHA Law Blog and is an avid speaker on both safety and employment matters. 

Ms. Winnett advises clients regarding all aspect of the employment relationship, and represents employers on litigation matters in state and federal courts related to discrimination, retaliation, disability, wages, and family and medical leave claims. Ms. Winnett also advises clients regarding workplace safety and health matters, and represents employers on litigation, administrative and rulemaking matters under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and 22 whistleblower provisions administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

Prior to coming to Jackson Lewis, Ms. Winnett worked at the U.S. Department of Labor as an attorney in a variety of employment matters, including litigation related to safety and health matters on behalf of OSHA, and represented U.S. Department of Labor management officials in discrimination and sexual harassment cases. Ms. Winnett also worked on wage and hour litigation, rulemaking and appellate maters under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Davis Bacon Act. 

Ms. Winnett is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia State Bar and the North Carolina Bar.


Jeremy Schneider
Associate, Jackson Lewis

Jeremy Schneider is an Associate in the Washington, DC Region office of Jackson Lewis
P.C. He represents employers in a wide-array of employment litigation and whistleblower
matters and also counsels clients on how to prevent litigation.

Mr. Schneider represents management in state and federal court, arbitrations, and before
administrative agencies such as the EEOC, DOL, and OSHA, in cases arising under Title VII, the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights
Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as breach of contract and tort claims.

Mr. Schneider also has extensive experience litigating whistleblower cases brought under the False
Claims Act, Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, and various state whistleblower laws. Prior to joining the
Firm, Mr. Schneider represented qui tam relators in False Claims Act actions, building relationships
with Department of Justice officials, as well as various United States Attorneys offices throughout the
country, and assisting the federal government in investigating sealed complaints and prosecuting FCA
violations. This experience gives Mr. Schneider a unique perspective on how employers should
confront whistleblower actions. Mr. Schneider now represents companies, their boards and
management, and individuals in all aspects of FCA – and other whistleblower – litigation, including
conducting internal investigations, due diligence, implementation of compliance programs, and the
defense of government investigations, enforcement actions, and civil proceedings.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Schneider was an Employment Litigation Associate in the McLean,
Virginia office of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker. Before that, he was a Labor &
Employment Associate at Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he practiced
employment litigation and was a member of the firms Whistleblower (False Claims Act) practice.
Jeremy lives in Leesburg, Virginia, with his wife and two children.

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