CLE | Workplace Bullying

WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, February 25, 2021 | COST: $20, Member, $30 Non-Member, $10 Paralegal | MCLE: 1.0 Professional Practice | CLE Fee Waiver information is available hereDisclaimer: This CLE is not subject to the 6.0 Audio CLE credits OCBA members in good standing receive.

Recent Events, including unprecedented public attention to racially-motivated violence and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, have affected the nature and frequency of bullying in the workplace — in both positive and negative ways.

This CLE explores statutes, including the New York State Public Employer Workplace Violence Protection Act and recent amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law, designed to curtail workplace bullying.

Presenters Sarah Ruhlen and Diane Williamson of the Satter Ruhlen Law Firm, PLLC will examine what works, what doesn’t work, and what — if any — practical effect legislation has on the problem of bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Sarah E. Ruhlen, Esq.

Admitted to practice in both New York and Pennsylvania, Sarah Ruhlen is serves as co-chair of the EEO Committee of the NYSBA Labor and Employment Law Section; additionally she is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, the Onondaga County Bar Association, and the New York State Women’s Bar Association, Central New York chapter.

Ms. Ruhlen represents Employees in race, sex, religion, national origin, color, age, disability, sexual orientation, TGNC, and other discrimination claims, as well as wage and hour, family leave, severance, non-competes, and other employment matters. She works with private and public sector unions in the healthcare, public safety, education, transportation, and other industries.

Ms. Ruhlen is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law (2011), where she earned a joint JD/MPA degree, specializing in Public Sector Labor Law. She is an alumna of both the Peggy Browning Fellowship Program and the AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer.

Diane M. Williamson, Esq.

Diane M. Williamson has lived in Syracuse since 2008. She earned a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 2019 and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2009. In addition to labor and employment law, she has practiced landlord-tenant law. In law school she participated in the Securities Arbitration and Consumer Law Clinic and volunteered at Hiscock Legal Aid Society.


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