Constangy partners Cara Crotty and Lara de Leon presented a webinar on the importance of DEI and provided suggestions on what organizations can do to determine whether its efforts are fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. The webinar was held Jan. 31. SHRM and HRCI credit was offered for this webinar.

The webinar, “DEI Audits: Tools to Enhance Your DEI Practices,” detailed why performing a DEI self-audit is essential, what to consider when conducting a DEI self-audit, what type of information is needed for a DEI self-audit, who should conduct the DEI self-audit, and what should be done with results of a DEI self-audit. Crotty and de Leon also highlighted various DEI best practices and initiatives that can help organizations start developing their own DEI Strategic Action Plan.

To access a recording of the webinar, click the link below.

Crotty advises employers on ways to avoid litigation and has defended employers in cases involving virtually every aspect of the employment relationship, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims and various other federal and state law claims. She also represents federal contractors covered by Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act in their affirmative action compliance obligations by assisting with Plan preparation, completion of EEO-1 and VETS-4212 Reports, and defending compliance evaluations. Crotty also prepares privileged compensation and pay equity analyses for organizations examining their pay practices.

De Leon is an experienced trial lawyer and client advocate. Her extensive career has involved representing companies of all sizes, across many industries, in all aspects of employment law. De Leon has successfully defended clients in the courtroom, before administrative agencies, and on appeal. In addition to litigation, de Leon has spent her two-plus decades of experience partnering with clients to counsel them through complex issues involving discrimination, retaliation, accommodation, and wage and hour compliance. She has also developed a passion for guiding clients through high-stakes matters involving pay equity, harassment, leave of absence and accommodations.

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