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Unconscious Bias In The Workplace: How To Recognize It, Prevent It, And Protect Your Company From Damaging Litigation

Most workplace bias doesn’t arise from malice, yet managers and employees are biased in subtle, unintentional, yet real ways. One manager may favor extroverts who exhibit personality traits similar to his or her own. Another manager may be unaware that he or she is firing a disproportionate number of employees of different races or religions than his or her own.

At best, these unconscious patterns can destroy your efforts at creating a diverse, multi-faceted workforce. At worst, they can land you smack in the middle of a devastating lawsuit.

Here’s the good news: While unconscious bias is real, employers can train their workers on how to recognize it and avoid it.

You won’t want to miss this live webinar on March 30. You will discover how to recognize the unconscious biases that may be lurking in your workplace, and uncover practical pointers on how to remedy the situation.

Learning Objective
  • What unconscious bias is, what it isn’t, and why you need to pay careful attention to it in your workplace
  • How to help your organization recognize its hidden biases and preferences and effectively remedy them
  • The case for adding specific training about hidden biases to your diversity efforts, including the benefits for your employees and the future of your organization
  • Why there has been a recent surge in the number of companies requesting unconscious bias training as part of their diversity programs
  • A look at the laws prohibiting unconscious bias, the massive damages that can be awarded, and how to stay in compliance
  • How bias may affect your ability to bid on valuable government contracts
  • Practical steps to eliminate both bias in the workplace and the potential legal liability it may cause
  • Why reducing unconscious bias can boost your bottom line
  • And much more!
About Your Presenter

Matthew A. Lafferman
Associate
Dentons US LLP

Matthew Lafferman, an associate in the Washington D.C. office of Dentons US LLP, is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution department and White Collar and Government Investigations practice group, he focuses his practice on complex civil litigation as well as white collar criminal matters.

Mr. Lafferman represents clients in connection with government and internal investigations, securities fraud, as well as general litigation. He has handled a diverse range of legal issues, including matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, wire and mail fraud, business torts, bid protests, as well as numerous contract and employment disputes.

Mr. Lafferman has significant experience with both state and federal trial courts. Prior to joining Dentons, Mr. Lafferman served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert G. Doumar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before that, he worked as an associate at DiMuroGinsberg, PC, where he practiced before both Virginia state and federal trial courts.
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