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Religious Discrimination in the Workplace CLE

Speakers Toni Newborn, interim assistant director of civil rights for the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, and Seema Desai, investigator for the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, will outline the problems, legal standards, and present remedy process for religious discrimination in Minneapolis. The course will focus on legal definitions and federal and state standards for religious discrimination claims and review the complaint investigation and resolution process for religious discrimination claims in Minneapolis. The speakers will present information on the prevalence of religious discrimination claims in Minneapolis. In addressing legal standards for religious discrimination, the course will present information on federal (EEOC) standards as well as Minnesota (Minnesota Human Rights Act) standards for reasonable religious accommodations in the area of employment. The course will focus specifically on the Minneapolis Civil Rights Ordinance, which locally enforces federal and state standards and establishes a complaint investigation process to review allegations of religious discrimination. The presentation will conclude with real-case examples of religious discrimination claims in Minneapolis and resulting claim resolutions.

1 Elimination of Bias CLE credit has been applied for.

To register contact Deb Lange at 651-523-2122. Please indicate if you will be attending in person or via webcast.

About the Speakers:
Toni Newborn is currently serving as the interim assistant director of civil rights at the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights. She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007 and became a licensed attorney in 2008. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and studied at Birmingham-Southern College receiving her undergraduate degree in Political Science. Prior to Newborn’s appointment as interim assistant director of civil rights, she served as an investigator in the Complaints Investigation Unit of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights; her duties included investigating complaints of racial, religious, disability, and other discrimination and reaching out to educate the community on diversity issues. She has presented numerous lectures, outreach events, and trainings in civil rights, diversity, disability awareness, religious accommodation, and many other diversity-related topics.

Seema Desai is currently employed as an investigator with the Minnesota Department of Civil Rights. She received her BA summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota where she majored in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Asian American Studies. She received her law degree from Hamline University School of Law, where she earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. Desai is admitted to practice in Minnesota and began work with the Minnesota Department of Civil Rights in February 2011 as an investigator.

Date: February 07,2013
Time: 11:30:00 AM - 12:30:00 PM
Cost: Free
Contact: Deb Lange, 651-523-2122 or dlange@hamline.edu
Location: Moot Court Room
Sponsor: Hamline Law Alumni Board, Ramsey County Bar Association Diversity Committee