February 1

VBA Conference on labor relations and employment law on sexism in the law

Two female litigators and one female judge, from different stages in life and on various tracks in their careers, took a candid look at the landscape for women lawyers/judges in top positions at law firms and businesses nationally. This session explored causes for, and possibilities for relief from, the still surprisingly male-dominated upper bastions of the legal profession. The panelists shared the results of a recent survey of female litigators, and tackled the subject of “implicit” bias.
March 19

Jury finds retaliation in lifeguard bias case

A federal court jury this week awarded $17,500 in damages to a former employee of the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service after finding the woman was fired for filing a discrimination complaint, the woman’s attorney said. Former lifeguard Robin Lang was able to show that the lifesaving service retaliated against her by firing her after she filed a gender discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said attorney Lisa A. Bertini, who represented Lang. Hear from Robin herself…click here
March 14

Local lawyer discusses Facebook privacy

Some employers are demanding applicants hand over their Facebook password as part of a background check. But is this legal? WAVY.com spoke with Norfolk Attorney Lisa Bertini who said it is “potentially a violation of a general privacy right.”