May 17, 2022    
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


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The Boat House
679 West Spring Street, Columbus, OH, 43215
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COLERA returns to in-person meetings on May 17!

Sexual Harassment and Other Workplace Issues

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about sexual harassment cases and settlements in the news. How do we define harassment and more importantly distinguish between harassment and sexual harassment, covering hostile work and other quid pro quo. What is the impact of sexual harassment on business (e.g. absenteeism, turnover, legal consequences)? What are the various laws that protect employees from harassment? What are the responsibilities of Leaders and Supervisors to address this issue in the workplace?

As a condition of their employment, many workers are subject to forced arbitration and must settle disputes, including sexual harassment, behind closed doors. This system received increased scrutiny as a result of the #metoo movement, and earlier this month Congress passed legislation to end the practice. We are taking a look at the practice of forced arbitration and the impact of this new legislation.


Lunch at The Boathouse from 11:30 – 12:15 pm
First Speaker from 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Second Speaker from 1:45 – 2:45 pm
Followed by a social hour


Sarah Cole


In law school at the University of Chicago, Professor Cole was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Legal Forum and won the award for the best paper written in the law school in 1990.  She graduated with honors.  Following law school, she clerked for the Hon. Eugene A. Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Cole practiced labor and employment law with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in Seattle and Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson in Chicago before joining the faculty at Creighton University School of Law. While at Creighton, and now at Ohio State, Professor Cole has focused her research on the legal and policy issues that have arisen as a result of the increased use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). She teaches primarily in the ADR area but has also taught TortsLabor Law, and Administrative Law. Professor Cole has published articles in U.C. Davis Law Review, Houston Law ReviewBYU Law ReviewGeorgia Law ReviewHastings Law Journal, the UNLV Law Review, and the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.

Professor Cole is co-author, with Professors Nancy H. Rogers, Craig McEwen, Jim Coben, and Peter Thompson of Mediation: Law, Policy and Practice (3d. ed. 2011), the leading treatise in the field of mediation, and co-author with Nancy H. Rogers, Frank Sander and Stephen Goldberg of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Other Processes (7th ed. 2020), one of the leading dispute resolution casebooks in the country. In 2020, she published with Oxford University Press, Discussions in Dispute Resolution, with Andrea Schneider and Art Hinshaw, eds. In 2019, she was named Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution and was previously the John W. Bricker Professor of Law.  In 2012, she also received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Ohio State University. In 2006, she became Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution. She is past chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee for the AALS and a regular speaker on ADR topics at national meetings. She was a member of the academic advisory faculty that consulted with NCCUSL and the ABA regarding the drafting of the Uniform Mediation Act. She is also on the panel of arbitrators for AAA, OCB, OCSEA, FINRA, OSTA, and SERB in Ohio.


Amber Clayton

Amber Clayton is Senior Director of Knowledge Center Operations at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Amber leads a team of HR experts who field an average of 60,000 HR-related inquiries from members a year.  Amber and her team are frequently interviewed by media outlets such as CNBC, FOX, CNN, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal.  During the height of the pandemic, Amber became a sought-after HR expert in all things work and COVID-19.  She had over 100 media interviews and participated with CDC leaders on webcasts which were viewed by over 30,000 people.  Amber also co-hosts a podcast called Honest HR, where she uncovers and explores uncomfortable, complicated, and sometimes wonderful truths of the workplace.  She is SHRM-certified with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.  She also holds specialty credentials in California law, inclusive workplace culture, and workplace investigations.  Prior to joining SHRM in 2011, she had 14 years of HR experience in healthcare, and retail, where oversaw HR for several entertainment and shopping destinations. 


Meeta Bass, COLERA President, and Arbitrator/Mediator


This session has been approved for 1 hour (CLE).

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