L&E Live: Session 4 - Red! Blue! Purple! Navigating Political Speech at Work

October 01, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Red! Blue! Purple! Navigating Political Speech at Work

In an election year, employees will inevitably engage in political discussion and even polarizing debates, but regulating employee speech can be problematic. While there are legitimate reasons to prohibit speech that interferes with the work environment and an employer’s business, regulating employee speech has its pitfalls. Certain speech in (and outside) of the workplace may be protected. This presentation will help you understand the laws governing speech in the workplace and develop compliant policies and practices.


Elizabeth Chilcoat
Associate at Sherman & Howard
Elizabeth has more than a decade of experience advising businesses of all sizes and at every stage on labor and employment law issues. Elizabeth Chilcoat is also a former human resource professional and has worked closely with in-house legal teams. She possesses firsthand insight into the challenges her clients face, and has deep and direct knowledge of human resource management best practices. Elizabeth’s diverse skillset allows her to provide practical advice for minimizing legal risks and to assist businesses in developing and implementing policies to best manage employees and optimize their human resource function. Elizabeth has handled a range of employment litigation and administrative claims and investigations, including those arising under federal and state discrimination, retaliation, leave, and wage and hour laws. When appropriate, Elizabeth has assisted clients to reach favorable settlements of legal claims raised against them. Elizabeth has expertise in addressing issues that arise under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Colorado Wage Act. Elizabeth has represented clients from a variety of industries, ranging from hospitals and medical practices to hotels and restaurants; from advertising businesses to defense contractors; from agricultural and heavy industry to banks and credit unions.


Joe Hunt
Associate at Sherman & Howard
Joe is a go-to attorney for matters related to antidiscrimination statutes, unfair labor practices, accommodations in the workplace, wage and hour issues, and contract disputes. Joseph “Joe” Hunt focuses his practice on employment advice and litigation. He also regularly represents employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. As an advisor, Joe helps employers navigate laws and regulations governing all aspects of the employment relationship, including policies and agreements, pay and benefits, hiring, investigations, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, and discipline and terminations. Having served as corporate counsel at a Fortune 200 telecommunications company, Joe possesses an insider’s perspective on the issues and challenges that arise in the workplace. With his combined legal and business experience, Joe takes a straightforward approach to counseling management and human resources personnel and provides both practical and strategic advice. In addition, Joe regularly speaks and writes on recent developments in labor and employment law, focusing on Colorado legislation and antidiscrimination statutes.

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