Women in Business Law Series: Legal Issues Affecting Women in the Workplace

November 15, 2017 | 12:10 pm | Barrister Club

Join the Women in Business Law Series for an important panel discussion about workplace issues that especially affect women. Panelists are Lisa Whittaker (Moritz ’07), Senior Attorney, Litigation and Employment at Ascena Retail Group, Inc., Cathrine (Kate) J. Harshman (Moritz ’05), Partner, Hunter, Carnahan, Shoub, Byard & Harshman, and Patrice B. Borders (Moritz ’92), Senior Counsel, MWH Law Group, and Principal, Prevention Strategies, LLC.

With perspectives from both the employer side and the employee side, the panelists will talk about legal issues such as discrimination, sexual harassment, pay equity, etc. and discuss methods for addressing these. Moritz Law Professor Camille Hebert, who teaches labor and employment law, will moderate. Registration required.

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Panelists biographies:

Lisa Whittaker, Moritz ’07, Senior Attorney, Litigation and Employment at Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Whittaker leads the litigation and employment team at Ascena Retail Group, Inc., which brands include Ann Taylor, Catherines, Dressbarn, Justice, Lane Bryant, Loft, Lou & Grey, and Maurices. Prior to joining Ascena, Whittaker was Associate, Labor and Employment, at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in Columbus.

Whittaker has practiced in all areas of management-side labor and employment law. She has defended both public and private sector agencies and universities in federal and state court, and before administrative agencies. She has defended employers in a variety of litigation matters, including public policy violations as well as claims under Title VII, whistleblower claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and in response to charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

Previously, Whittaker served as Assistant Attorney General, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, in both the Employment Law Section and Constitutional Offices Section, where she defended state agencies at the federal and state level, before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the State Personnel Board of Review, and in litigation matters in federal and state courts. As Assistant AG, she also provided on-going legal counsel to agency directors and human resource administrators regarding the Ohio Public Records Act and Open Meetings Laws.

Whittaker earned a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and an M.A. in Field Of Study Educational Leadership and Administration.


Cathrine (Kate) J. Harshman, Moritz ’05, Partner, Hunter, Carnahan, Shoub, Byard & Harshman

Harshman is an experienced labor and employment attorney, with a practice that includes representing labor unions and workers in matters of unfair labor practices, Title VII, Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, the American with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the National Labor Relations Act. She represents workers rights through grievance processes and contract negotiation, before the NLRB, SERB, EEOC, OCRC, OEC, and in contractual hearings and arbitrations She also provides training to union members and staff on contractual and statutory rights, obligations and strategies.

Harshman’s practice also includes union organizing campaigns, duty of fair representation defense, non-profit creation and representation of political action committees (PACs) and non-profits in Ohio, as well as campaign finance reporting and compliance.

Harshman earned a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.


Patrice B. Borders, Moritz ’92, Senior Counsel, MWH Law Group, and Principal, Prevention Strategies, LLC

Patrice B. Borders is an experienced attorney, management consultant, and an executive coach certified in Emotional Intelligence EQi-2.0 and EQ 360 and the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument who provides management consulting services to corporations and law firms in the form of Executive Coaching and EEO Compliance Training.

Borders is experienced in developing innovative human resource strategies, combining her employment law and human capital consulting practices. For over 20 years, she has focused on counseling individuals and organizations on developing high performers, collaborative teams, and inclusive workplace cultures. She has conducted internal investigations, delivered keynotes, and developed and facilitated group and one-on-one anti-harassment trainings. She has consulted public, private, and non-profit entities ranging from school districts, hospitals, and Fortune 100s.

Borders earned a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a M.A. in Journalism from OSU.


L. Camille Hebert, Carter C. Kissell Professor of Law

Professor Hébert has published a number of law review articles on employment discrimination, sexual harassment, employee privacy, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Her treatise Employee Privacy Law was published in 1993 and is supplemented annually.

Hébert makes frequent presentations to academic and professional audiences on issues of sexual harassment and employee privacy, including genetic testing and electronic surveillance. She served as Chair of the Employment Discrimination Section of the Association of American Law Schools in 1998. She currently serves as a member of the Workplace Mediation Advisory Committee of the State of Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management.

Hébert clerked for Judge James K. Logan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and practiced labor and employment law, representing management, for five years with Spencer, Fane, Britt, and Browne in Kansas City, Mo.

Hébert earned her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.