Employment Law Post-Obergefell

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

PROGRAM CHAIR  Sally Abrahamson Outten & Golden LLP

Sally Abrahamson

Outten & Golden LLP


  • The panel will look at the effects of Obergefell  and Windsor on employment law.  Specifically, does the decision have any effect on claims under the FMLA, Title VII, or any other federal anti-discrimination law?  How do Obergefell  and Windsor change employers’ responsibilities with respect to benefits?  Is there tension between the Hobby Lobby decision, and Obergefell and Windsor

    The panel will also include a historical perspective of NYS Human Rights Law, including the Division’s position requiring equal benefits prior to marriage equality and discussion on the tension between Section 296(11) of the HRL and the provisions preventing employment discrimination based on various protections.

    Live Program:
     $99 City Bar Member/LeGaL Member | $199 Nonmember

  • Program Chair:

    Sally Abrahamson
    Outten & Golden LLP


    Caroline Downey 
    General Counsel
    NYS Division of Human Rights

    Loren Gesinsky
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Tom Lepak
    Senior Trial Attorney
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Hollis Pfitsch
    Deputy Commissioner
    Law Enforcement Bureau
    New York City Human Rights Commission

    Julie Wilensky 
    Director, California Office
    Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center

  • 6:00 pm – 6:05 pm


     Loren Gesinsky 

    6:05 pm – 6:15 pm

    The History of Marriage Equality  

     Loren Gesinsky

    6:15 pm – 6:30 pm

    Evolution of Title VII

    Tom Lepak

    6:30 pm – 6:45 pm

    New York State Human Rights

    Caroline Downey

    6:45 pm – 7:00 pm

    New York City Human Rights

    Hollis Pfitsch 

    7:00 pm – 7:15 pm

    Employee Benefits

    Julie Wilensky

    7:15 pm – 8:00 pm

    Hypotheticals and Q&A 


  • CLE Credit
    NY: 2.0 professional practice
    NJ: 2.3 general
    CA: 2.0 general
    PA: 1.5 general

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    *DVDs: $99 Member / $199 Nonmember

    *CDs: $79 Member / $149 Nonmember

    *Materials Only (no CLE credit): $99 Member / $129 Nonmember

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  • Co-Sponsored with: The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)

    Sponsoring Association Committee: Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Rights, Anna M. Pohl, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Laura Stine Poles, Program Attorney, City Bar Center for CLE | (212) 382-6619 | lpoles@nycbar.org