This workshop focuses on school districts' obligations and legal responsibilities to their employees in a diverse workforce. Experienced education and employment lawyers will address gender equity, effectively managing a multigenerational workforce and provide an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for 4.00 total CLE hour(s) instruction.


8:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:55 a.m.
9 a.m.
Baby Boomers to Gen Z: Building an inclusive, multigenerational workplace
Stacy V. Pollock, Esq., Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co. LPA
All schools have workforces that span several generational groups. Gain insight into encouraging a healthy multigenerational working environment and avoiding the pitfalls that could expose your district to claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
What’s good for the goose: Gender equity in the school workplace
Marie-Joëlle Khouzam, Esq., Bricker & Eckler LLP
Interpretation of state and federal laws and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance on the extent of “sex” as a protected class is all over the board, making it difficult for districts to clearly understand their obligation not to discriminate. Understanding and implementing policies to promote gender equity and equal treatment of all employees promotes employee performance and well-being and will help limit claims of workplace discrimination. This session focuses on an employer’s legal requirements under applicable anti-discrimination laws and suggests best practices for creating an inclusive work environment.
11:45 a.m.
Lunch (provided)
Lunch will be catered by Freedom a la Cart, a Columbus nonprofit organization that combines support services and employment opportunities for local survivors of human trafficking.
12:30 p.m.
Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act
Christina Henagen Peer, Esq., Walter Haverfield LLP
Most school workplaces include at least one employee with a disability. Review the key elements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how to manage its requirements in a school environment.
2 p.m.