General Session

Creating and Maintaining a Harassment-Free Workplace in the #metoo Era
Sam Fulkerson and Vick Albert, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Oklahoma City, OK

This presentation focuses on the recent, significant change in attitude toward tolerance of workplace harassment, and also, what is perceived to be workplace harassment. Covered material includes the broader concept of harassment, ranging from clearly unlawful behavior to workplace bullying to merely inappropriate behavior. Practical training tips will be covered. The key takeaway is that the respectful workplace is a simple, yet effective concept and that its implementation avoids legal issues.

Knowledge Level: Basic
No Prerequisites or advanced preparation required
Field of Study: Personnel/Human Resources

About Sam Fulkerson

Sam FulkersonSam Fulkerson represents management exclusively in all areas of employment law. Much of his practice is devoted to counseling clients on best practices in the workplace and routinely involves the training of management and hourly employees; counseling on disciplinary, organizational and general business issues; legal compliance, including hiring practices, employee classification and wage issues; policy drafting and implementation, including multi-state employer policies, drug testing, and dispute resolution programs; resolution of issues arising from reorganizations, reductions-in-force, mergers, sales, acquisitions and board disputes; and workplace investigations, including those involving claims of sexual and racial harassment, as well as employee, management and board misconduct.  As part of his litigation practice, Sam represents employers in all phases of litigation before federal and state trial and appellate courts as well as federal and state agencies.Vick Albert

About Vick Albert

Vic Albert’s practice focuses on all aspects of trial law with particular experience in the areas of labor and employment trials, insurance defense bad faith trials and trucking defense trials. He has tried to a jury verdict over 60 cases in state and federal courts in Oklahoma.In the past fifteen years he has developed an employer-based practice advising employers in policy development, training, hiring and firing, and investigation of employee complaints. He represents employers in all aspects of federal and state litigation, as well as administrative investigations including OSHA, Department of Labor and EEOC matters. Mr. Albert is the national defense counsel for an emergency medical service company and assists it with matters in the five states in which it has operations.In the insurance bad faith litigation work that he does, Mr. Albert has had success at the summary judgment, offer of judgment and trial phases of matters for insurance clients.

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