#MeToo and the Latest Trends in Employment Law

Significant changes in Employment Law have occurred in recent months, not least of which is the #MeToo movement. This webinar will survey these developments arising from recent changes in law and important court decisions in critical areas affecting Employment, as well as the increasing profile of sexual harassment litigation. We will discuss the potential risks of litigation in the context of #MeToo and steps employers should be taking to minimize liability.

The Webinar will begin at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) and end at 3:00 p.m.

As always, there is no charge for our Webinar. We hope you will join us!

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Bennett at

For information on our presenters, see below: 

Julie A. Marquis
Direct: 415.394.9500

Ms. Marquis is a partner with the firm and practices in the San Francisco and Southern California offices of Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP.  Ms. Marquis’ practice includes a wide range of employment, commercial litigation, directors and officers and professional liability litigation throughout California. Ms. Marquis has represented both large and small employers in the telecommunications, legal, medical, financial services, insurance, food service, recreation, retail, and automotive industries. She is panel counsel for many of the nation’s largest insurers.

Ms. Marquis’ employment practice includes wrongful discharge, race, gender, age, sexual orientation and disability discrimination, as well as racial and sexual harassment, ADA compliance, Labor Code violations, defamation, interference with contract, and wage and hour disputes. She handles administrative proceedings before the California Labor Commission, the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Her litigation practice includes contract disputes, tort claims, homeowner’s association claims, errors and omissions defense and business litigation matters.


Melissa A. Santalone 
Direct: 813.774.5390

Ms. Santalone is an attorney in the Tampa office of Freeman Mathis & Gary, where she is currently a member of the Labor and Employment Law, Professional Liability, Tort and Catastrophic Loss National Practice Sections.  Ms. Santalone is also a member of the firms Data Security, Privacy & Technology practice team.

As a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law National Practice Section, Ms. Santalone represents employers in various labor and employment law matters, including state and federal discrimination and retaliation, whistleblower, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims. Ms. Santalone also represents professionals in professional negligence litigation, as well as litigants in community association disputes. She has defended and counseled all manner of medical professionals, including doctors, dentists, hospitals, nursing homes, podiatrists and nurses, in both litigation and administrative matters.  Ms. Santalone is experienced in representing businesses in diverse types of general liability matters including premises liability and auto negligence actions. With the firm’s Data Security, Privacy & Technology practice team, Ms. Santalone advises and represents businesses in a variety of matters relating to data security and privacy laws, including data breach response, data breach preparedness, and cyber and tech E&O litigation.


Jennifer L. Ward
Direct: 267.507.1736

Ms. Ward is the Managing Partner of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey offices, as well as Vice-Chair of the firm’s Professional Liability National Practice Section. Ms. Ward has substantial experience in the area of labor and employment law. Her litigation experience includes the defense of a variety of employment claims, including race, sex, national origin, disability discrimination, wage and hour, harassment, and retaliation claims. She has also defended cases involving wrongful discharge, breach of fiduciary duty, contract disputes, federal class action litigation, fair debt collections practices, Lanham Act litigation, derivative suits, shareholder demand letters, and fraudulent inducement. 

Ms. Ward also counsels employers on workplace issues and best practices, developing customized employee handbooks, employment agreements, non-compete covenants, sexual harassment policies, and social networking and electronic privacy policies.


*Note – FMG applies for Continuing Education and Continuing Legal Education Credit in multiple states. Until a course is approved by a particular state, we cannot guarantee credit. You must be present (online or in-person) during the full session to receive credit.