Coachella Valley - Sexual Harassment & the Me-Too Movement
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Coachella Valley - Sexual Harassment & the Me-Too Movement

When: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: Woodhaven Country Club
41-555 Woodhaven Dr East
Palm Desert, California  92211
United States
Presenter: Joseph Ortiz
Contact: Mike Wales

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PIHRA Coachella Valley

Sexual Harassment & the Me-Too Movement
presented by Joseph Ortiz


Tellingly, Time magazine’s person of the year in 2017 were the silence breakers, those at the forefront of the #MeToo movement. The phenomena began as public backlash against such alleged high profile offenders as Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby. It continued throughout 2018 both by emboldening victims and empowering the media. In response to this #MeToo movement, the California Legislature pushed a number of laws in 2018. This presentation will review the issues, the proposed and enacted Legislation that California enacted in response, and the changing landscape of sexual harassment claims in California




Joseph T. Ortiz is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Labor and Employment practice group in the Riverside office. An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Ortiz has successfully tried employment matters before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration tribunals on claims of all types.

Mr. Ortiz's experience includes the representation of private and municipal employers in employment matters of all kinds, such as claims of wrongful termination, claims of discrimination and harassment and related claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of implied employment contract, interference with prospective economic advantage, unfair competition, breach of contract, civil rights, and the various forms of unfair business practices. Mr. Ortiz has also represented management before federal and state administrative agencies including the NLRB, PERB, EEOC, DFEH, U.S. Department of Labor, DLSE, State Labor Commissioner, and, in limited instances, the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.

Mr. Ortiz also provides employers a variety of services including drafting employee handbooks, employment and severance agreements, consultant agreements, independent contractor agreements, and employment policies of all types; providing in-house training on sexual and other types of harassment avoidance; and providing consultation on all types of employment discrimination, wage and hour issues, affirmative action, and sensitivity and diversity concerns.



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PIHRA Student Member $15 $15

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