September 17, 2020

Free and Virtual Event

Monday, Sept 17


Rising Domestic Violence and Abuse During COVID-19: How Workplaces Can Help Those in Need

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a silent health crisis has been flourishing with domestic violence on the rise. Please join us for a discussion on the implications of this development for the workplace and how employers can support and serve as a resource for victims.

Womankind will speak on the data and alarming trends regarding current levels of domestic violence. Our ally, Carmelyn P. Malalis, Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, will speak on NYC Human Rights Law's workplace and housing protections for people who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual violence or intimate partner violence. We will be joined by Emily Hoffman, of the Office of Labor Policy and Standards, who will discuss the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA) and her agency’s enforcement position regarding employers’ obligations under this law.

Crowell & Moring attorneys will provide practical guidance on complying with ESSTA, as well as the city and state discrimination and harassment laws that are already in place to protect victims of domestic violence. They will also discuss workplace policy updates for 2021.

Geoffrey Dunham, from NLRB’s Region 2, will discuss the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and how employers’ policies and practice may impact a victim’s ability to exercise their rights under the NLRA as they engage in mutual aid and protection. Mr. Dunham will also discuss National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent decisions and their impact on handbooks.


  • Mae Hsieh, Board Member, Womankind
  • Yasmeen Hamza, CEO, Womankind
  • Carmelyn P. Malalis, Commissioner and Chair, New York City Commission on Human Rights
  • Emily Hoffman, Agency Attorney, Office of Labor Policy and Standards, New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
  • Geoffrey Dunham, Supervisory Attorney, National Labor Relations Board, Region 2
  • Eric Su, Partner, Crowell & Moring, together with other Crowell & Moring attorneys

  • This program is approved for 2.0 credits total (1.0 Diversity / Elimination of Bias and 1.0 Professional Practice / General) in New York and California. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Sept 15. All those who RSVP will receive an online link to attend.