June 30, 2014

Firm News Employment Retaliation Whistleblower Retaliation

Wanta Presents at NELA

Attorney Shawn Wanta spoke at the 2014 Eighth Circuit National Employment Lawyers Association Conference “New Frontiers: The Fight for Employment Equality.” The two-day conference, designed for lawyers and professionals who represent employees, featured presentations and demonstrations by leading plaintiffs’ lawyers in the Eighth Circuit.

Frances Baillon and Matthew Nolan, along with Dorene Sarnoski of the Dorene R. Sarnoski Law Office, were panelists for a session entitled, “The Changing Landscape of Retaliation Claims: Applying the “But-For” Causation Standard after Gross and Nassar. The panel discussed the Supreme Court’s application of ”but-for” causation to retaliation cases under the ADEA and Title VII. They also discussed what the standard is, how it has been applied in lower courts, and how plaintiffs can use it to their benefit.

In another session, Shawn Wanta, along with Brooke Timmer of Fielder & Timmer P.L.L.C. and Tom Groom, Vice President and Discovery Engineering Expert of D4 eDiscovery, served as panelists for “Social Media Discovery: What’s That, You Say?” This session discussed the ins and outs of harvesting electronically stored information as evidence in employment cases as well as the experiences of attorneys utilizing social media to successfully represent their clients in individual and class action cases.

Eighth Circuit NELA is an organization founded in 2000 with a membership of over 250 lawyers in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. Eighth Circuit NELA is an affiliate of NELA, which has over 3,000 members nationwide and is comprised of lawyers who primarily represent individuals in employment matters.