Creating Safe Inclusive Work Environments and the Growing #MeToo Movement

6.0 Law and Legal CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID #1088186

Everyone is an employee! Many people are also employers, including attorneys. This program provides you with the opportunity to explore the best practices for working with and advising your clients on being a good employer and providing a safe workplace for employees. Using hypothetical examples, this program will examine the facts of discrimination complaints and apply the results of real cases and updated legislation.


Recorded:  11/09/2018
Credits:  6.0 Law and Legal CLE | WSBA Activity ID #1088186
Length: 6 hours, 11 minutes

Featured Speakers:
State Senator Karen Keiser, Jeffrey Taren, Katie Chamberlain, Denise Diskin, Catherine Morisset, Jennifer Parda-Aldrich, Natalie Teravainen

In this program, participants and speakers will examine and illustrate employer obligations for creating safe, equal, and inclusive work environments for all of their employees. You will walk away with a variety of skills and practical information, including the ability to:

  • Understand the distinctions between federal and state legal protections for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on sex, including quid pro quo sexual harassment, sexually hostile work environments, sex and gender discrimination, and retaliation. 
  • Analyze federal and state protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Identify and evaluate the best legal remedies for victims of sexual harassment, sexually hostile work environments, and discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Evaluate the elements of, and be able to apply, recently passed legislation (give us the names of the specific legislation) designed to protect employees and encourage reporting of unlawful conduct by victims.
  • Generate a checklist of workplace policies and best-practices to protect employees from unlawful conduct, which will insulate employers from liability and damages by addressing workplace complaints of harassment and discrimination.
  • Create a plan for advising employers in the investigation and proper remedial responses if an employee reports harassment or discrimination.

Featured Speakers

  • Senator Karen Keiser, Washington State Senate
  • Katie Chamberlain, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless
  • Denise Diskin, Teller & Associates
  • Catherine Morriset, Fisher & Phillips
  • Jennifer Parda-Aldrich, Sebris Busto
  • Jeff Taren, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless


8:30- 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee  

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Overview  


Jordan Taren, Shishido Taren PLLC

Robin Shishido, Shishido Taren PLLC 

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Session 1 - Procedural and Substantive differences between The Washington Law Against Discrimination and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. 

  • Distinctions between federal and state legal protections for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on sex;
  • Quid pro quo sexual harassment, sexually hostile work environments, sex and gender discrimination, and retaliation.  


Jeffrey Taren, MacDonald Hoague and Bayless  

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Session 2 - Updates on Washington State Legislation: SB 5996; SB 6313; and the Lodis Fix SB 6027  


Senator Karen Keiser, Washington State Legislature

Katie Chamberlain,  MacDonald Hoague & Bayless  

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Session 3 - An analysis of federal and state protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity  


Denise Diskin, Teller & Associates 

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)  

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Session 4 - Workplace policies and best-practices to protect employees from unlawful conduct 


Catharine Morisset, Fisher & Phillips  

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Session 5 - How to Address Workplace Complaints and Minimize Legal Risks - Best Practices for Advising Employers through Workplace Investigations and Beyond.  


Jennifer Parda-Aldrich, Sebris Busto  

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Session 6 - Maximizing Remedies for your Sexual Harassment Client: Legal reforms in the #MeToo Era and the impact on workplace sexual harassment        

  • Overview and analysis of municipal, state & federal remedies;      
  • Pros, cons & pitfalls of ADR in sexual harassment cases       
  • Legalities of NDAs and binding arbitration        
  • Discussion of desired reforms at the state and federal level for remedies and options for resolution  


Natalie Teravainen, Teravainen Law Firm 


Program Chairs

Robin Shishido

Robin Shishido is a partner at Shishido Taren PLLC, a civil rights law firm, where she focuses her practice on complex litigation, particularly in employment law. She is passionate about gender equality in the workplace and has successfully pursued numerous cases of gender discrimination, including egregious sexual harassment, discriminatory pay, failure to promote, demotion, sexual orientation discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and retaliation. Prior to working as a civil rights lawyer, Robin clerked for Justice Beth Baker at the Montana Supreme Court and also externed for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court in Hawaii. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.

Jordan Taren

Jordan Taren is a civil rights attorney who has significant experience litigating employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation cases in state and federal courts. Jordan's practice focuses on helping plaintiffs and employees who have been treated unlawfully, but he also works with businesses and employers to promote best practices and implement proper policies to avoid liability in litigation. Jordan received his JD from the University of Washington School of Law, where he also spent time interning with the Seattle Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is a partner in the firm Shishido Taren PLLC, a civil rights law firm doing employment law, fair housing, and other civil rights work including class actions.


Sen. Karen Keiser

Sen. Karen Keiser represents Washington state's 33rd Legislative District, which includes a number of suburbs south of Seattle, including SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines and Burien. During her tenure as an elected official, she has held several leadership positions in the Washington State Legislature. Those positions include chairing the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee and serving as lead Senate Democratic negotiator on the Capital Budget. She currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Washington State Senate, presiding over the chamber when the lieutenant governor is unavailable.

In addition to these duties, Sen. Keiser chairs the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee and serves on Senate Health & Long Term Care, Rules, and Ways & Means committees.

As the longtime chair of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee, Sen. Keiser was a pivotal leader in passing and implementing health care reform in our state prior to, and under, the Affordable Care Act, and was instrumental in the passage of Paid Family Leave during the 2017 legislative session.Sen. Keiser has an abiding interest in policies to help working families and improve women's economic security.

Among the numerous awards and recognition for her work, Sen. Keiser is especially appreciative of the American Cancer Society's Legislative Champion award, the Washington State Nurses Association Legislator of the Year award and the Retired School Employees Legislative Excellence award.

Sen. Keiser resides in Des Moines and has three adult children. She enjoys walking her dog, reading and gardening, and loves music. She is a long-time Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera season ticketgoer, and has been known to break out in song herself.

Catharine Morisset

Catharine Morisset is a litigation partner in the firm's Seattle office, representing local and national employers in litigation in state and federal courts, on appeal, and also before the EEOC and similar state agencies in all aspects of workplace law, such as the ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, FCRA, NLRA, Title VII, UTSA, and similar state laws. From the outset, Catharine works with clients to develop a strategy that leads to successful resolutions, whether it is a meticulous plaintiff's deposition, motion to dismiss, favorable mediation, or trial success.

Catharine believes in working closely with clients to address workplace issues proactively and as a valued partner to develop a successful workforce. She uses her litigation experience to work closely with clients across all industries to provide effective preventive counseling and workforce training. This includes regularly advising and training clients on drug testing, background checks, hiring, diversity, wage-hour compliance, leaves, noncompetition agreements, reasonable accommodations, investigations, employment agreements, discipline, terminations, and mass layoffs. Catharine is an experienced management and workforce trainer, sharing her legal knowledge and experience in an accessible, dynamic, and interactive manner.

As part of her commitment to fostering successful workplaces, Catharine is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is an accomplished speaker, who is often invited to address members across the state and the Pacific Northwest in all areas of workplace law. Catharine proudly demonstrates her commitment to advancing women in the legal profession as an Ambassador to the firm's Women's Initiative and Leadership Council.

Jennifer A. Parda-Aldrich

Jennifer A. Parda-Aldrich is a shareholder with SEBRIS BUSTO JAMES. She assists employers in developing and maintaining effective, legally compliant employment policies and resolving emergent problems and successfully represents employers in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies. Jennifer is a seasoned workplace investigator who regularly conducts workplace investigations for both public and private employers. She additionally provides management and employee workplace training on a wide range of subjects, including anti-harassment, diversity and respect in the workplace.

Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in journalism in 1992 from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University. She received a master's degree in English from James Madison University in 1997. She received her J.D. in 2001 from Rutgers University School of Law, where she was a Dean's Scholar, Lead Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Religion, and was awarded a teaching assistant position in the legal research and writing and moot court program. While at Rutgers, she studied international and comparative law in South Africa, Namibia and the United Kingdom.

Jeffrey Taren

Jeffrey L. Taren is a Director in the Seattle civil rights law firm of MacDonald Hoague & Bayless. Prior to moving to Seattle in 2016, Mr. Taren was the founder of the leading plaintiffs' civil rights law firm in Chicago, Kinoy, Taren & Geraghty, where he practiced for over 36 years, specializing in employment and fair housing law.

Mr. Taren is a graduate With Highest Distinction of Rutgers College (1974) and a cum laude graduate of Boston College of Law (1977). He is a member of the Washington State Bar, the Illinois Bar, and the Northern, Central and Southern Illinois divisions of the United States District Court, and the Seventh Circuit and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals. He has practiced before the District Courts of the Northern District of Indiana, the District of Columbia, California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Connecticut. Jeffrey has litigated hundreds of federal civil rights cases.

In the area of employment law, Jeffrey has over 41 years of experience litigating gender, race and disability harassment and discrimination cases, primarily in federal court. For over a decade he was class counsel representing a nationwide class of African-American FBI agents in a ground breaking employment discrimination case. Along with the EEOC he successfully recovered $10,000,000 and systemic workplace reforms against a nationwide trucking company for over 200 dockworkers racially harassed and denied promotions. In the area of disability rights, Jeffrey has successfully litigated numerous cases on behalf of employees terminated as a result of a disability, including a firefighter terminated because he required an implanted defibrillator as well as employees terminated because of their cancer, epilepsy or heart conditions. In 2017, he obtained a $400,000 emotional injury damage jury verdict for a woman terminated as a Director of Nursing after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. More recently Jeffrey has successfully resolved claims of age discrimination on behalf of a King County Deputy Sheriff. Additionally, Jeffrey has handled numerous individual and class action arbitration matters as both an advocate and as a neutral. As an experienced neutral, Jeffrey serves as an arbitrator on the Midwest and Pacific Northwest Employment Panels of the American Arbitration Association, arbitrating both individual and class action claims. He has also served as a Hearing Officer for the Chicago Human Relations Commission since its formation in 1991, adjudicating cases brought under the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance. As a mediator, Jeffrey was selected by the Court Appointed Special Master in McReynolds v. Merrill Lynch, to assist in the claims process to distribute the $160,000,000.00 race discrimination settlement.

Natalie Teravainen

Natalie Teravainen became an attorney in 2005 in Colorado. She worked briefly as a plaintiffs' personal injury lawyer, an appellate law clerk, and a criminal prosecutor. As a prosecutor, she tried many misdemeanor cases, most of which were domestic violence cases. In 2007, she began working as a plaintiff's employment lawyer and became particularly interested in pursuing workplace sexual harassment cases. Most of her cases as a Colorado employment litigator were Title VII cases, including a race discrimination and retaliation case that she first-chaired all the way though a federal jury trial in 2013, which resulted in a sizable verdict for her client. In 2014, she relocated to Washington State to work as an employment lawyer in the federal sector on the defense side for 3 years. On October 2, 2017, Natalie finally realized her dream of starting her own solo practice focused exclusively on representing survivors and victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual abuse. One year into this adventure, she feels more dedicated to her mission and area of practice than ever. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado (2005), California (2013), and Washington (2017).

During law school, Natalie did extensive research and academic work related to domestic and sexual violence, became a trained victim advocate, volunteered for a domestic and sexual violence hotline, and became involved in several other community activities and events to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence. She is a survivor of workplace sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence.

When she is not practicing law, Natalie spends most of her waking hours (and some of her sleeping hours) trying to keep up with her very active and spunky daughters (ages 2 and 3) and is also expecting a baby boy in December. She gets help from her hard-working husband, too.


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Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $150

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