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“Smile, It’s Not That Bad” - Implicit Gender Bias in the Legal Industry


Speaker(s): Kathleen B. Nalty, Kristine J. Feher, Micala Campbell Robinson
Recorded on: Oct. 17, 2019
PLI Program #: 286014

Kristine J. Feher is an experienced employment litigator and trial attorney, whose practice focuses on representing employers and managers in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge cases arising under employment laws. In addition, she litigates wage payment and overtime compensation claims (including class actions) under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws. She also has wide-ranging experience in breach of contract, emotional distress, fraud, and many other employment-related claims; and counsels franchisors regarding employment issues, including avoiding joint employer status with franchisees.

Kris assists clients in a variety of labor and employment matters including conducting workplace training; drafting policies and handbooks; ensuring wage and hour compliance; advising on performance management, terminations, and reductions in force; and defending Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state fair employment practice agency charges. Kris prides herself on offering advice that is both practical and consistent with the employer’s business goals and culture.

Kris leads the Greenberg Traurig Women’s Initiative (GTWI) in the New Jersey office, serves as an associate mentor and has taught various internal training programs, including the firm’s Litigation Skills Academy. She is also an editor of the GT L&E Blog and frequently speaks and writes on topics related to employment law.


Micala Campbell Robinson focuses on employment discrimination and wrongful discharge arising under state and federal laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, the New York City Human Rights Law and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. She represents an array of clients, including those from the transportation and pharmaceutical industries. She has defended employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state fair employment practice agencies. Micala also has experience in breach of contract and related tort actions, consulting agreements, restrictive covenants, and trade secret litigation.

In addition, Micala counsels clients on a number of employment matters, including wage and hour compliance, sexual harassment training, internal investigations, use of criminal background checks in employment decisions, and employment-based immigration.


Kathleen Nalty is an expert in helping organizations develop inclusion strategies to eliminate hidden barriers to success for employees in underrepresented groups. She is an engaging speaker and trainer with a deep passion for assisting individuals and organizations in making changes needed to retain and advance female and diverse talent. While she consults in all industries and sectors, Kathleen has developed a particular expertise in the legal industry, having spoken nationally on behalf of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She provides in-depth training sessions on diversity and inclusion as well as unconscious bias. 

Awards

  • Colorado Women’s Business Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award (semi-finalist) – September 2012
  • Denver Urban Debate League – Hall of Fame Inductee, Former Board Member – May 2013
  • Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association “Diversity Trailblazer Award” Recipient – September 2011
  • Colorado GLBT Bar Association’s “Ally” Award – September 2010
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Foundation’s “Raising the Bar” Award Recipient – September 2010
  • Colorado Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s “Minoru Yasui Community Service Award” Recipient – April 2009
  • Sam Cary Bar Association’s “Diversity Leadership Award” Recipient – October 2008