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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in the 2021 Workplace

September 29, 2021

12:00 to 1:00 AZ Standard Time (Pacific Time)

Phoenix September 2021 Webcast presented by Marian Zapata-Rossa of Snell & Wilmer

Speaker Information

Marian M. Zapata-Rossa, Partner
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Marian Zapata-Rossa is licensed in Arizona, California, and on the Navajo Nation. She defends employers against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, and represents employers in disputes involving employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and non-compete agreements. Marian litigates both single plaintiff and class action employment lawsuits, including wage and hour, and prevailing wage claims, and helps employers resolve administrative matters before numerous state and federal government agencies.
Marian also advises employers on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship with a focus on providing clients with business-oriented solutions to identify and mitigate risk and support diversity and inclusion. To this end, Marian conducts workplace investigations, including under Title VII, Title IX, and various whistleblower statutes. She has also trained thousands of managers and employees on preventing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace. 

In addition, Marian counsels employers and human resources professionals on best practices for handling day-to-day employment issues, including hiring, employee discipline, paid sick time, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, terminations, and whistleblower liability. Marian routinely drafts employment agreements, policies, and handbooks, and keeps her clients abreast of current trends and the latest developments in local, state, and federal employment laws.

In addition to her normal areas of practice, Marian is a member of the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team, an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, formed quickly after recognizing the complex legal issues that businesses would confront as a result of the coronavirus. This group has issued legal alerts and newsletters on the topic and has hosted multiple webinars to address a range of concerns. The group remains committed to monitoring the issues and bringing as much clarity and guidance to clients as possible. More information is available in the COVID-19 Resource Center

Event Details

For the last several years, diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) has received particular attention in response to the #MeToo movement, recent protests and social unrest across the country related to the treatment of African Americans and other ethnic and racial minority groups, and legislative changes aimed at addressing issues of gender equity.  We know that some businesses have been working on these issues for a number of years.  While others have only more recently revamped or created programs looking at these issues in the last several months.  Snell & Wilmer Partner, Marian Zapata-Rossa, will discuss the advantages of a diverse workforce, the potential legal pitfalls of a poorly executed DEI program, and the changing landscape of DEI in the 2021 workplace.

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