Health Care Seminar – Allegations of Sexual Misconduct: An Old Problem With A New Reality
In 2017, the #MeToo movement swept through the U.S. bringing to light a wave of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations and creating a subsequent rise in litigation and criminal investigations. The health care industry is not immune. Statistics show that health care workers experience some of the highest rates of sexual harassment in the country.
Please join us for a complimentary dinner and panel discussion on January 22, 2020 to hear directly from a fact investigator, an employment attorney, and a lawyer experienced in representing the accused. The discussion will include:
- What are the trends in North Carolina and how does the recent change in sexual assault laws impact my practice?
- How has the #MeToo movement and current patient perception changed licensing board oversight?
- What steps can I take to avoid such claims? What should I do if I am accused?
- As an employer, what immediate steps should I take once a situation has been reported?
- What is the appropriate action to protect the accuser? The accused?
- What kind of documentation do we need to support our actions?
- How might I prepare for an investigation?
- Who can talk to the investigator? To the accused? To the accuser?
- How is the investigation conducted? What is the investigator looking to find?
With more than 25 years of experience as an executive in human resources, Barbara is frequently engaged to conduct third-party sexual harassment investigations. Since 2018, she has investigated more than 25 complaints of sexual harassment for employers across North Carolina.
Throughout her career, Barbara has supported organizations as they build talent, create intentional cultures, and drive business results. Her work includes a Performance Ownership model, corporate strategy and vision for workplace culture, the employment relationship and accountability, and HR legal compliance. She previously served as Vice President of Human Resources for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. and a member of its management team that propelled the company from a private regional doughnut maker to a publicly traded, international brand. She has also served as President, lobbyist, and spokesperson for a professional association of educators.
Barbara is a frequent speaker on various HR topics and has presented to the following audiences: National Restaurant Association Marketing Conference; International Society for Performance Improvement; American Society for Training & Development; HR Management Association of Greensboro; and NC Bankers Association.
Elizabeth advises and defends health care providers in matters involving patient care issues and risk management issues. She has extensive experience handling medical malpractice defense cases, which includes obtaining numerous defense verdicts in matters involving catastrophic injury or death. In addition, Elizabeth represents clients before the North Carolina Medical Board, the North Carolina Board of Nursing, the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, and the North Carolina Board of Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. She also represents clients in Section 1983 civil rights litigation.
Elizabeth educates clients and advises them in matters pertaining to HIPAA, HITECH and other security issues. She represents providers in medical billing audits and recoupment procedures and pathology laboratories with waste management claims.
Elizabeth is a shareholder at Young Moore where she serves on the practice management committee and as the leader of the firm’s healthcare industry group. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America™ and listed in The Best Lawyers in America © in the area of Litigation-Health Care (2020). Within the community, Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors of Alliance Medical Ministry.
Dawn Raynor co-leads the Employment & Workers’ Compensation Team at Young Moore. She advises and represents employers on matters involving harassment and retaliation, ADA, FMLA and FSLA issues, employment agreement drafting and enforcement, non-compete agreements, and workers’ compensation claims. She pragmatically assists her clients in resolving problems with government, workforce, or legal and policy changes. Dawn enjoys her work, particularly understanding individual client needs, cultures and business. She understands that some situations require education and negotiation, while others merit a court battle.
Dawn regularly speaks at seminars on employment topics. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America © in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law/Employers (2018, 2019, 2020).