EPL Perspectives on Coronavirus

As part of our continuing series of PL Perspectives on Coronavirus, we’re focusing in on EPL business lines. We have three EPL experts discussing the possible effects of COVID-19 from underwriting, risk management, and legal perspectives. Thank you to the speakers for their time and expertise!

Listen here to the EPL Perspectives on Coronavirus discussion:

Herman.SarahSarah Goldstein, Managing Partner & Partner in Employment Litigation practice at O’Hagan Meyer

Sarah represents organizations of all sizes in employment-related matters and advises companies on proactive compliance with employment and wage and hour laws. Sarah is an experienced trial lawyer in both the Federal and California Superior Courts, with a focus on harassment, whistle-blower, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, PAGA and wage and hour matters.

Her litigation practice includes defending employment actions under the Fair Employment and Housing Act including gender, pregnancy, race, ancestry, color, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, wrongful termination claims, whistleblower claims, wage and hour claims, and retaliation matters. Sarah also represents employers in administrative actions before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

In 1998, Sarah received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. An active member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), Sarah currently serves on the Board of Trustees and is the current board liaison to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  She chaired the Women’s Leadership Network event in Los Angeles in September 2012 and from 2009 to 2011, she served as Southern California Chapter Chairperson.

sgnilek-matt-webMatthew Sgnilek, Partner in the Employment practice at O’Hagan Meyer

Matthew represents employers in a variety of employment cases and administrative actions, including claims for civil rights violations, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination,  American Disabilities Act (ADA) violations, unfair business practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, as well as Private Attorney General’s Act (PAGA), individual and class action wage & hour  disputes. Matt represents employers in both state and federal courts, in arbitration, and before state and federal agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Matt conducts employee classification audits, payroll audits, HR best practices audits, and workplace investigations.  Matt also provides preventive counseling to his clients and works with them to ensure compliant HR policies and documents are in place..  Matt is a frequent speaker providing seminars and workshops on employment issues, including Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Training to executives, supervisors, managers and human resources professionals.

Kelly ThoerigKelly Thoerig, Managing Director, Employment Practices Liability Coverage Leader at Marsh

Kelly is Marsh’s U.S. Employment Practices Liability and Wage and Hour Coverage Leader and is primarily responsible for manuscripting EPL and W&H policies, leading policy and insurer new product reviews, and drafting endorsements. In addition, Kelly is a claims advocate for Marsh’s FINPRO practice, specializing in complex coverage and claims issues concerning EPL, W&H, D&O, professional liability, crime, and cyber insurance, where she calls upon her prior law firm experience representing insurance carriers in coverage disputes. Kelly frequently presents at industry seminars nationwide on various insurance coverage topics.

Hartford Chapter Discusses #MeToo and Pay Equity

This past Thursday, June 6, the Hartford Chapter held a workshop at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Forty attendees discussed the #MeToo movement’s efforts to hold abusive managers accountable, how to include non-binary members of the workforce, how corporations can empower all employees, and how these issues impact insurance underwriting and claims. The attendees enjoyed a reception after the workshop to continue the discussion and network with their colleagues.

Thank you to the Hartford Chapter for organizing this event and thank you to everyone who attended! Enjoy the photos and we hope to see you at another event soon.

North Central Chapter Meets MN Commissioner of Human Rights, Discusses EPLI

On Thursday, October 11, the North Central Chapter held an informative seminar on employment practices liability. Over 25 people attended the session and heard a keynote address from Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota’s Commissioner of Human Rights. The panel discussion focused on EPLI exposures and claims, and was moderated by Craig Hieserich, Aon, with Tom Ascher, Travelers, and Dave Grotha, Travelers, as panelists.

Thank you to our sponsors and all those who attended this great event!