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Free Speech and EEO: When Worlds Collide


We have seen distressing events unfold in our country like the recent events in Charlottesville, a conflict escalating to violence over ideas that most of us reject. These types of issues can reach directly into the workplace, as we also recently saw when a Google engineer was let go for engaging in speech with which his employer disagreed. What happens in the workplace when one person's free speech is another person's discriminatory harassment? What are the legal issues for both public and private employers? What should not be tolerated, and what must be tolerated? As corporations increasingly take value stands publicly, what kind of messaging is appropriate internally? How should HR people handle this, message it, coach employees and evaluation situations when employees have conflict involving claims of free speech vs. discrimination?

Please join Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn Attorney P.K. Runkles-Pearson and Portland State University's Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Isaac Dixon, for an exploration of current issues including the evaluation of free speech best practices, the functional meanings of tolerance and political correctness and how these intersect with disparate political perspectives in the workplace.

TimeRegistration/Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

About the Speakers:

P.K. Runkles-Pearson, a partner at Portland's Miller, Nash, Graham and Dunn LLP, is an accomplished constitutional law practitioner who also has more than a decade of legal experience representing employers and managers in litigation and before administrative bodies on a full array of employment issues, including harassment and discrimination. Her practice focuses on institutions of higher education and other public, nonprofit and mission-driven entities. She is the chair of the Constitutional Law section of the Oregon State Bar and the vice-chair of the Lawyers' Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. She was recently named to the Best Lawyers in America for 2018.

Isaac E. Dixon is an experienced human resources professional with long tenure in the HR field. He currently serves at the Associate Vice President, Human Resources at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Before this role at PSU Isaac held a similar role at Lewis & Clark College. Prior to moving into the world of higher education Isaac worked for companies such as Providence Health and Services, GE Capital, Pitney Bowes Financial Services and NIKE. He also has worked in human resources in federal, state and local government. Isaac received his undergraduate education in Business Administration at Warner Pacific College where he earned his BS. He received his Masters degree at Marylhurst University and his doctorate degree from Capella University in Organization and Management with an emphasis in Human Resources.Isaac has also given back to the profession having served on the boards of CUPAHR, the Portland Human Resources Management Association, the Northwest HR Management Association, the board of the Society of Human Resources and the board of the Human Resources Certification Institute.

Location: Stoel Rives/Goose Hollow Room (760 SW 9th, #3000, Portland, OR 97205)
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 8:00am-10:30am PDT
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Created by: jawildey
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:22am GMT
NW EEO & PHRMA Member Price: 45
Non-Member Price: 60
RSVP By: Friday, October 20, 2017
CLE Approved: Pending Approval; HRCI - certificate of attendance provided
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