(Webcast) How COVID-19 Struck a Blow to Women and Their Careers and Recommended Strategies to Recover

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Program Co-Chairs:
Iliana Konidaris
Managing Counsel
New York Office
The Fierberg National Law Group

Maria C. John (Program Moderator)
Associate General Counsel
Risk Management
The Related Companies, L.P.

Cory Lamz
Counsel & Director of Legal Affairs
Data Privacy Officer
Buoy Health, Inc.

  • During this CLE, we will hear from panelists with a rich variety of backgrounds. Together, we will address the negative impacts of COVID-19 on women and caregivers, from an employment perspective. For example, as primary caregivers for their children and loved ones, many women have been required to stay home and provide care to other family members when no other care was available during the pandemic (e.g. for school-aged children who were remote learning or otherwise unable to attend daycare or school in person). Some of these women were unjustly terminated from their positions or faced other consequences in the workplace as a result. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. There are other ways the pandemic has affected women far more than men because of existing gender based discrimination in the workplace, such as the treatment of pregnant women, thereby compounding systemic problems. Decades of progress for women in the workforce have potentially come undone as a result of COVID-19. In addition to discussing these impacts, the CLE will review key legislation, such as the Family First Act legislation, and some of the key cases under which women have sought protections. Lastly, panelists will share their perspectives on where we go from here and any radical innovations, policies, or ideas they have implemented or have contemplated in their own workplace (or their clients’ to help prevent, or at the very least mitigate, some of these consequences.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Members | $50 for Nonmembers
    No further discounts apply

  • Robin G. Frederick
    Deputy GC & SVP
    Global Employment Law
    Gartner, Inc.

    Tamika N. Hardy
    Rivkin Radler LLP

    Nina T. Pirrotti
    Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C.

  • 6:30 pm – 6:35 pm
    Opening Remarks and Introduction of Panelists

    6:35 pm – 6:45 pm
    Overview of COVID-19’s Impacts on Women

    • In-house counsel’s perspective
    • Plaintiff counsel’s perspective
    • Defense counsel’s perspective

    6:45 pm – 7:05 pm
    Family First Act & Key Cases

    • Summary of the Act and Facts of Key Cases
    • When should someone seek the Act’s protection?
    • What should companies do to ensure compliance with the Act?

    7:05 pm – 7:35 pm
    COVID-19’s Impact on Women’s Careers

    • Impact on Caregivers
    • Impact on Pregnant Women
    • Impact on Women with Co-Morbidities

    7:35 pm – 7:45 pm
    Concluding Remarks & Resources

    • Closing remarks from each panelist
    • Recommended materials and resources

    7:45 pm – 8:00 pm
    Questions and Answers

  • New York: 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
    New Jersey: 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
    California: 1.5 Elimination of Bias
    Pennsylvania: 1.0 Professional Responsibility
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Sex & Law, Olympias Iliana Konidaris & Farah Diaz-Tello, Co-Chairs
    Women in the Legal Profession, Judith A. Archer, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org