Please join us for our July lunch meeting!
The #MeToo movement started as a social media campaign in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. In 2017, Time magazine named sexual harassment victims its “Person of the Year”, highlighting the profound effect of women coming forward to discuss harassment in the workplace. The movement has increased awareness of workplace sexual harassment, but it has also sparked a backlash as critics claim that accusers were treated unfairly and that minor infractions are blown out of proportion. Conducting harassment investigations in the wake of #MeToo poses unique challenges for human resources professionals.
This interactive program will show how to conduct an impartial and effective harassment investigation in a thorny “he said/she said” scenario, and it will also offer advice on best practices in workplace investigations. Attendees will receive practical suggestions for interviewing witnesses, assessing witness credibility, and obtaining relevant documents to make well-informed and legally defensible business decisions
Meet your Presenter
Attorney Vicki L. Sproat is the founding partner of Sproat Workplace Investigations, an employment law firm that conducts and manages investigations of complex and sensitive disputes for large and small employers in both the public and private sector. Vicki spent 38 years at the Fort Myers-based law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. as a trial attorney and employment law counselor. As a part of her practice, she conducted many high-profile investigations for both public and private employers. She is one of a small number of Florida lawyers to achieve dual Board certification by the Florida Bar (Civil Trial Law since 1991 and Labor and Employment from 2012 – 2017). She recently became an Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH) after completing a series of assessments at the organization’s training institute in Santa Barbara, California, signifying that she has mastered the core knowledge and skills necessary to effectively perform impartial workplace investigations. Vicki was honored as Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates for her distinguished career and superb reputation for high ethics and fair play. Vicki is a long-time member of SHRM, having served on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Florida chapter.
At her new firm, Vicki conducts workplace investigations, investigation consulting, investigation training and offers courtroom testimony. The firm’s website, SproatWorkplaceinvestigatons.com, features a section of frequently asked questions and a regularly updated page of news and insights on workplace issues designed to help employers understand the legal challenges they face and the action needed to meet those challenges.
This meeting is sponsored by:
Cost for Students: $15
Cost for Members: $21
Cost for Non-Members/Guests: $25
Walk-In/Pay at the Door: $25
Please RSVP by Monday, July 9, 2018.
No shows will be billed.