Bostock v. Clayton County: Historical Perspectives and Implications for Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 68 minutes
Recorded Date: September 10, 2020
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  • Describe the background of sex discrimination under Title VII leading to Bostock, Zarda, and Harris funeral homes
  • Analyze the court’s decision in Bostock
  • Evaluate the impact of Bostock on Labor and Employment Law and apply it to other substantive Discrimination Law
  • Examine Bostock’s place in legal history and explain its significance for statutory interpretation
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour, 8 minutes
Recorded: September 10, 2020


Join us for a conversation covering the status of LGBTQ workplace protections before Bostock, the herculean efforts that got the issue in front of the high court, analysis of the Court’s decision and reasoning in Bostock, and thoughts on how the decision will be applied to both LGBTQ discrimination claims as well as other seemingly unrelated employment claims going forward. With this seminar, you will have the privilege to hear from David Lopez, who was instrumental in laying the foundation for the Bostock decision during his time as General Counsel for the EEOC; Brian Sutherland, who served as lead counsel for Gerald Bostock throughout his legal journey; and Kimberly Geisler whose insights on how this decision will impact the employment relationship are not to be missed.

This program was recorded on September 10th, 2020.

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Kimberly Geisler

Scott Dukes & Geisler, P.C.

Ms. Geisler has a substantial level of experience representing professionals before licensing boards and in cases alleging malpractice. Ms. Geisler provides day-to-day employment advice, EEO training and policy review to companies across a wide range of industries, and represents employers in the defense of employment related claims before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts.

Brian J. Sutherland

Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
State of Washington Attorney General's Office

Brian J. Sutherland is the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in Washington State. He previously served as the Counsel of Record for Gerald Bostock.

Kate Sedey

Case Sedey, LLC

Kate Sedey, Partner at Case + Sedey, LLC, has been successfully litigating employment law cases throughout her tenure in the legal field.

Earning the respect of clients and opposing counsel alike, she has a built a reputation as a premier attorney amongst Chicago’s employment law community. Her drive to make an impact in the workplace has helped her establish a strong network and wide knowledge base to ensure the best outcome for her clients.

Ms. Sedey draws from a diverse body of experience to effectively represent and advise employees regarding their legal rights and protections in the workplace. From trying cases, arguing motions, and negotiating settlements, to researching and drafting legal memorandums and briefs, interviewing and deposing witnesses, and conducting discovery, her expertise on the plaintiff’s side of employment law is vast. Ms. Sedey has been recognized by Chicago Magazine as a Rising Star in the field every year since 2012. She has also been recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by the Law Bulletin’s Leading Lawyer’s network.

Ms. Sedey’s interest in employment law developed at an early age, influenced by her mother who is one of the top employment lawyers in Missouri. Inspired by the potential to make a difference in the workforce, during her undergraduate years, Ms. Sedey assisted in a nation-wide class action lawsuit representing women who had been discriminated on the job. She actively pursued her interest in employment issues while studying at Chicago-Kent Law School, participating in the Labor & Employment Certificate program, in addition to the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society and the Chicago-Kent Law Review.

Ms. Sedey is admitted to practice law in Illinois. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from New York University in 2004. She received her Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Labor & Employment Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law in May 2009, where she graduated with honors.

P. David Lopez

General Counsel
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

David Lopez was sworn in as General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 8, 2010. He was nominated by President Barack Obama on October 22, 2009 to a four year term. He initially served in the position on a recess appointment and was confirmed by the Senate to his full term on December 22, 2010. Mr. Lopez is the first EEOC field trial attorney to be appointed as General Counsel. As General Counsel, Mr. Lopez oversees the Commissions federal court litigation conducted by the 15 EEOC district offices on behalf of victims of employment discrimination, as well as the defensive internal litigation on behalf of the agency.

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