Employer DEI Initiatives: Students for Fair Admissions and its Aftermath
Key Considerations and Best Practices for Developing and Maintaining Diversity Programs
A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A
This CLE webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College (U.S. 2023) (SFFA) and certain political repercussions that have developed in its wake. The panel will describe SFFA's potential impact on employer DEI initiatives and provide best practices for counsel when advising their clients on developing or maintaining their DEI programs moving forward.
- Overview of Students for Fair Admissions v. President & Fellows of Harvard College (U.S. 2023)
- Political after-effects of SFFA
- Republican and Democratic Attorneys General letters aimed at corporate DEI initiatives
- Senator's letters to law firms
- U.S. Supreme Court grants certiorari in Muldrow v. City of St. Louis
- Possible effect on DEI initiatives
- Other upcoming cases to watch
- The future of DEI: What can employers expect?
- Best practices for employers moving forward
The panel will review these and other important considerations:
- How has SFFA opened the door to legal challenges against employer DEI initiatives?
- What other significant cases could impact DEI programs moving forward?
- What effect may political pressure have on employers that are looking to develop or maintain DEI programs?
- What are best practices for employers and their counsel who are seeking to develop or maintain DEI programs post-SFFA?
CDF Labor Law
Ms. McKenzie is a formidable advocate for advancing diversity and inclusion and regularly assists management with... | Read More
Ms. McKenzie is a formidable advocate for advancing diversity and inclusion and regularly assists management with developing effective action plans to achieve a diverse and inclusive workplace. In addition, she defends employers in all areas of labor and employment law in state and federal court, as well as before various administrative agencies, including the U.S. EEOC, NLRB, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Ms. McKenzie's practice has a special emphasis on vigorously defending alleged claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. She also provides proactive advice, counsel and training to management on emerging employment issues in California to ensure compliance with its ever-changing laws and regulations. This includes drafting policies, employee handbooks, and policy manuals regarding leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, occupational safety and health, and several other statutorily-mandated requirements.Close
CDF Labor Law
Mr. Saifi is an experienced litigator who has tried multiple jury trials and defended employers and company executives... | Read More
Mr. Saifi is an experienced litigator who has tried multiple jury trials and defended employers and company executives in litigation related to meal periods, rest periods and overtime. He focuses his practice on defending employers in wage and hour class actions and claims brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act. Mr. Saifi also defends employers from discrimination and harassment claims brought under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title VI under federal law. He also has experience counseling both large public corporations and private companies on state and federal laws relating to personnel policies, employee handbooks, termination accommodations, COVID-19 and compensation, and conducting onsite inspections and audits.Close