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Volume XIII, Number 173

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Workplace Strategies Watercooler 2023: Microaggressions—The Unconscious Bias That Can Land Employers in Court [PODCAST]

In this podcast recorded at Ogletree Deakins’ national Workplace Strategies seminar, our panel analyzes microaggressions in the workplace and how they can have detrimental effects on workplace morale and productivity and can even expose employers to negative publicity and liability. Austin Office Managing Shareholder Erika Leonard is joined by Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Lia Dorsey and Morristown (NJ) Office Managing Shareholder Steve Luckner in a discussion that covers how casual workplace comments that may not seem to have malicious intent can be viewed as hurtful or, in some cases, discriminatory. Our speakers offer insights on the nuances of workplace communications and how best to ensure employees’ interoffice interactions can be productive, rather than reductive.

© 2023, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XIII, Number 172
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Lia Dorsey Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Lia Dorsey serves as the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and is responsible for leading the development and execution of the firm’s diversity strategy, as well as ongoing and new initiatives that will continue to build and support an inclusive culture. She collaborates with firm leaders, business resource groups, and practice group leaders to expand efforts around recruiting and retention, training and development, client management and practice development. Lia has experience in strategic change management, organizational development, and several talent...

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Office Managing Shareholder

Erika is the Office Managing Shareholder for the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins. Erika has successfully represented clients in dozens of wage and hour class and collective actions, as well as numerous single-plaintiff employment discrimination cases, appellate litigation, and traditional labor matters. Erika was lead associate on the trial team that obtained a rare defense jury verdict in an FLSA and state law hybrid class and collective action, as well as a member of the team representing a major airline with regard to complex labor issues in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Erika ...

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Steven Luckner Attorney Employment Law Ogletree Deakins Morristown
Office Managing Shareholder

Steven J. Luckner is the managing shareholder in the firm’s Morristown office where his practice focuses on the defense of cases involving allegations of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, age, race, sex, religious, disability discrimination, whistle-blower and other statutory claims. Mr. Luckner also has experience in the defense of wage and hour claims under both the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws.

Mr. Luckner prosecutes and defends cases involving post-employment restrictions, unfair competition, breach of...

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