‘Association’ Liability: It’s All in the Company You Keep

SHRM 2012 Employment Law and Legislative Conference
This presentation will arm you with the tools to recognize and prevent association discrimination and retaliation in your workplace.
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Recent cases have extended the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to cover so-called “association discrimination”—interpreting federal law to prevent discrimination and retaliation based not only on an employee’s own protected characteristics or activity, but on the employee’s “association” with another individual who comes within a protected classifi cation or who has engaged in protected activity. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that this protection extends to an employee whose fiancé or friend has complained of discrimination. Beachboard will examine this important—and potentially expensive—trend in federal discrimination law.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Joseph L. Beachboard

Joseph L.

Joseph L. Beachboard is a nationally recognized expert on employment law issues. He serves as managing director of Ogletree Deakins, an employment law specialty firm with more than 850 attorneys in 52 offices. In addition to representing management in a wide variety of employment and labor matters, Mr. Beachboard speaks regularly before HR and employer groups on cutting edge employment law topics. He is a member of SHRM and for the past two decades has been a presenter at this program and the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. Mr. Beachboard also has developed an expertise in providing informative and engaging training programs—and has worked with dozens of companies around the country, including the cast and crew of dozens of NBC television shows (such as The Office and The Tonight Show) and the contestants, judges, and crew of several competition shows (such as So You Think You Can Dance and Master Chef).


Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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