Domestic Violence Doesn’t Work

2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
Workplace Application: You will learn about the dynamics of intimate partner violence, the impact it has on your workplace and the potential liability your organization faces
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Events of the past year have made clear that domestic violence impacts workplaces, whether or not you are prepared for it. As an HR professional, it is important to know what your responsibilities are in these situations, and how to respond appropriately. Through discussions and experiential activities, you will leave with a strategy for your organization to address the issue and awareness of current laws and proposed legislation affecting employers’ rights and responsibilities.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9:15am to 10:45am

Lisa Nitsch


Lisa serves as Director of Clinical Services & Education at House of Ruth Maryland. Lisa is responsible for oversight of adult therapeutic services, children’s therapy, residential childcare, intervention programs for perpetrators of intimate partner violence, and the agency’s Training Institute. Lisa oversees the day-to-day operation of these programs and coordinates new program initiatives to improve the quality and scope of services.

Lisa has been with House of Ruth Maryland since 1998 and her emphasis on a family perspective for addressing intimate partner violence was cause for an invitation to the White House in March of 2010 to consult on federal legislation regarding responsible fatherhood programs and domestic violence.  She served as the Vice President of the national organization, Women in Fatherhood, for over six years and as Chair of Maryland’s Abuse Intervention Collaborative for ten years. She currently serves on the Governor’s Family Violence Council and Baltimore City’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.

Lisa demonstrates strength in creating collaborative partnerships between programs that have historically conflicting agendas and provides technical assistance in this area to programs across the country. 

Lisa is a Baltimore City native and is proud to continue to live and work there with her incredibly patient husband and gentle pit bull.


Maya Raghu


Maya Raghu is a senior attorney with Futures Without Violence in Washington, D.C.  Her work primarily focuses on the intersection of the workplace, gender and trafficking.  She is an expert on issues concerning the workplace effects of gender-based violence and manages a national project on this issue. She develops and conducts trainings and  national conference workshops for a wide variety of audiences including attorneys, employers, unions/worker organizations, and civil society organizations; creates public education materials and training resources; and engages in outreach and legislative and policy advocacy.  

Prior to joining Futures Without Violence, Ms. Raghu was a senior staff attorney for six years at Legal Momentum in New York City, where she worked on issues of human rights, gender discrimination and economic security. She represented plaintiffs in employment and housing discrimination cases, engaged in legislative and policy advocacy, and provided training and public education materials. She was also previously a litigator at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a law clerk to a federal judge.  She received her B.A. from Trinity University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. 

Ms. Raghu is a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, and is the author of several published articles, including: Lisalyn R. Jacobs and Maya Raghu, The Need For a Uniform Federal Response To the Workplace Impact of Interpersonal Violence, 11 Geo. J. Gender and the Law 593 (2010).

Renaissance Ballroom West A
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
 This has been submitted and is pending approval from HRCI
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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