Trans Employment Law 101 - How To Protect Yourself From Discrimination

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Interactive Activity

Have you even known someone experiencing discrimination in the workplace?  If so, then you are aware how difficult such an experience can be, and that it is even more difficult to successfully advocate for yourself. This public workshop will provide a general background regarding laws upholding the rights of transgender workers to be free from harassment and discrimination, give you important tips for documenting a claim,  explain how to negotiate within the organization, and how to find a lawyer who can help, if necessary. The workshop will be interactive in nature, with a short initial presentation on the background for each section, a role play exercise, audience discussion regarding the role play, and time for questions and answers. Sponsored by the Association of Transgender Professionals. Facilitators: Dr. Jillian T. Weiss and Sara Schnorr, Esq. A separate workshop for lawyers and law students will also be offered during the conference. 

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Presenter 1 Information
Dr. Jillian T. Weiss
Dr. Weiss is Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where her research area is gender identity and law. She serves on the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest U.S. national legal organization whose mission is to safeguard and advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work. Dr. Weiss has consulted with private and public employers, including Harvard University, Boeing and New York City, and provides legal representation in cases involving trans discrimination. She is co-Chair of the annual Transgender Law Institute at the LGBT Bar Association.
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Sara Schnorr, Esq.
Sara Schnorr, a partner with the law firm of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, focuses her practice on complex real estate acquisition and financing matters. Sara is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono and Legal Opinion Review Committees and a member of the Boston Office’s Diversity Committee. She has been active in supporting transgender causes. She is a former law professor, has been listed as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, and is a Board Member of the Wellesley Housing Development Corporation, a non-profit charged with creating affordable housing in Wellesley, MA.
2015 Conference
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