Workplace Cybercrime, Discrimination, Harassment and Immigration are Among Hot Topics at ABA Labor and Employment Law Meeting in Atlanta

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 24, 2012 — Should employers be obligated to report employees who view or store child pornography on an office network? How does the growing recognition of gay marriage and civil unions influence the workplace? Is pregnancy and family an acceptable form of discrimination in the workplace? These questions and many others will be the focus of the _ Section of Labor and Employment Law Sixth Annual Labor and Employment Law conference Oct. 31- Nov. 3 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta.

Session topics will include workplace cybercrime, diversity issues in federal employment, whistle-blowing, human trafficking, unauthorized employment, and U.S. Supreme Court labor- and employment-related decisions.

Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta, will offer welcoming remarks during the meeting plenary session from 11:15 – 11:20 a.m. on Nov. 1.  

Conference panelists will include representatives from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the U.S. Department of Labor; the National Labor Relations Board; the Department of Justice; the Department of Homeland Security; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Other speakers represent companies including the Coca-Cola Co.; Warner Bros. Entertainment; McDonald’s Corp.; Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; Starbucks Coffee Co.; and other labor- and employment-related organizations.

Conference highlights include:  

“Workplace Cybercrimes: Are You a Victim or a Villain?” — Panelists — including Michael Stawasz, with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division — will explore employee and employer liability for the use of a computer network, including theft or misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information stored on an employer’s computer network.
Nov. 2, 8 – 9:30 a.m., Vinings I 

“Diversity in Our World: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Federal Employment” — This program will address state and local laws protecting LGBT individuals against employment discrimination and recognizing domestic partner benefits. Speakers will discuss same-sex harassment, best practices, policies and procedures affecting LGBT employees in the private and federal sectors. Panelists include Louis Lopez, U.S. Department of Justice, and Daniel T. Vail, EEOC.
Nov. 1, 2 – 3:30 p.m., International E-F

 “Sports, Labor and Antitrust Law: A Look Back and a Look Forward”Antitrust and labor law considerations collided in the 2011 National Football League and National Basketball Association lockouts. Litigators involved in these disputes and media commentators will examine what went wrong, what went right and what the future holds after 2011’s lockouts. Speakers include David M. Prouty, chief labor counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Nov. 1, 2 – 3 p.m., International D 

“The Real Cost of Human Trafficking: What It Is and How U.S. Immigration Law Can Help” — This session will offer an in-depth analysis of the human trafficking problem, and panelists will discuss the available tools to protect victims of labor trafficking under U.S. immigration law. Speakers include Ana Avendaño, AFL-CIO; Rena Cutlip-Mason, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Anna Y. Park, EEOC.
Nov. 3, 9:30 – 11 a.m., International C

The conference agenda provides a complete list of meeting programs and speakers.

There is no charge for media covering this event. For media credentials and more information, please contact Maria Gutierrez at -1091 or .

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