Mercedes Colwin, founding partner of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani's New York office, moderated a panel discussion titled “Navigating the Pitfalls and Challenges of COVID-19 and the Post-Quarantine Workplace,” for the Gordon & Rees ExecuSummit ONLINE webinar series held on Wednesday, May 13. This is a complimentary one hour webinar with a live Q&A that followed. To view, please click here.
The panel focused on the changes that are expected in the work force as the country emerges from shelter in place ordinances, including measures that employers are expected to implement to safeguard employees. The panel analyzed the various screening measures and the attendant pitfalls of such actions. The panel also discussed the claims on the horizon stemming from adverse employment actions taken in response to the economic shutdown.
Panelists included Victoria A. Lipnic, Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michele Fenice, Vice President, Chubb Insurance, and Jennifer Weinstein, Assistant Vice President, OneBeacon Insurance Group.
Notably, Victoria A. Lipnic, Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was first named to the Commission by President Obama in 2010, when she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a five-year term. In 2015 she was re-nominated and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a second five-year term. On January 25, 2017, she was named Acting Chair of the Commission by President Donald J. Trump, a position she held for nearly two and a half years.
Colwin is a highly successful trial attorney and the founding partner of Gordon & Rees’ New York City Office. She handles a wide variety of litigation, including employment law, commercial litigation, class actions, products liability, professional liability, wage and hour class actions, civil rights violations and criminal law. She has defended thousands of cases throughout the country to a favorable result and won over ninety percent of her numerous trials and arbitrations. She regularly litigates business disputes and defends corporations and executives of Fortune 500 companies accused of wrongdoing, including claims of sexual misconduct.
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