This podcast brings you highlights from the panel session Addressing and Eradicating Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Against Senior Executives – What Role can Executives Play to Drive Change? at the International Conference on Risk, Reward and Reputation Management Issues for Senior Executives and Founders on 4 February 2020.
Leading experts, from the US, Ireland and UK, discuss the key legal and tactical issues for senior executives to consider when addressing workplace harassment and discrimination, including the extent to which senior executives – particularly female executives – can or should use their seniority and status to create change for everyone in an organisation, by speaking up against unacceptable behaviours.
Panel moderator Anna Birtwistle (Farrer & Co LLP, UK) and panellists Helen Calcraft (Lucky Generals, UK), Kelly M. Dermody (Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, USA), Claire Dawson (CC Solicitors, Ireland), and Jennifer Millins (Mishcon de Reya LLP, UK) discuss the following:
1. Collective power in combating workplace harassment and discrimination- through industry groups, class action claims or social media groups;
2. Is a zero tolerance approach always necessary? Reflecting on when it may be appropriate to consider alternatives;
3. Different legal remedies in other jurisdictions: How class action claims in the USA have made redress accessible to large numbers of employees; and
4. Bridging the divide: The power of social media enabling employees to share information and challenge inequality.