The ESOP Podcast Episode 15

The ESOP Podcast Episode 15 – Kathy Speaker MacNett of SkarlatosZonarich LLC on Anti-Discrimination Policies and Creating a Healthy Work Environment

Our guest is Kathy Speaker MacNett, an attorney specializing in labor relations and employment law, with SkarlatosZonarich LLC in Harrisburg, PA. Kathy Speaker MacNett sat down with Bret Keisling of Captial Trustees, LLC in December 2017 to address the very topical issue of creating a healthy work environment. Content note: While this podcast is not explicit, it does address in general terms the existence of rape and sexual assault and the existence of LGBTQ+ and racial discrimination in the workplace. 

Sexual harassment and assault in the workplace have been at the top of headlines recently, with several prominent cases highlighted by the #MeToo movement. Kathy Speaker MacNett encourages you to look at your employment policies and ensure you are addressing all forms of discrimination. While the desire to create a discrimination-free environment is not unique to ESOP companies, the importance of a healthy workplace culture is such a key component to the success of an employee-owned company that ESOPs are particularly well-positioned to face this issue directly. Prevention is the best policy. If an ESOP company does not have an anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy, they should stop listening to this podcast and talk to someone about writing a policy for them now.

The slide deck with the background to this discussion referenced in this podcast is available here:

Capital Trustees – 2017 Sexual Harassment Power Point (as a PDF)
After Hollywood's Failure: Shine A Light on Your Sexual Harassment Policies

More about Kathy Speaker MacNett

Kathy Speaker MacNett [Source: SkarlatosZonarich, People]

Kathy Speaker MacNett focuses her practice on management-side labor relations, employment law and related legislative and regulatory developments. Her practice combines preventive approaches as well as representation of employers before federal and state administrative agencies and courts.  Ms. MacNett represents public and private sector employers and non-profit organizations in a wide range of labor and employment law matters including workers’ and unemployment compensation proceedings, FMLA issues, prevailing wage disputes, discrimination complaints, Affirmative Action prevention and investigations, restrictive covenant enforcements, handbook preparation, unfair labor practices, union organizational defenses, collective bargaining negotiations, strikes, injunction and contempt proceedings. Kathy also serves as Legislative Counsel to the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association.  Ms. MacNett utilizes her practical knowledge of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government to gain effective results for her clients before and during litigation.  She is a frequent speaker and webinar presenter for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and other organizations.

Prior to joining Skarlatos & Zonarich, Ms. MacNett was a shareholder with the Harrisburg office of Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C. and associated with the law firm of Baskin, Flaherty, Elliott & Beren. She also has significant governmental experience as the Research Director to the Labor Relations Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, clerk to the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, Honorable Roy Wilkinson, and Assistant Counsel to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board”

[Source: SkarlatosZonarich, People]

 SkarlatosZonarich LLC
SkarlatosZonarich LLC

Since 1966, SkarlatosZonarich LLC has proudly delivered superior legal services to their clients and their families.  You can follow them on Twitter @SkarZonLaw.

 SkarlatosZonarich LLC in Harrisburg, PA

As mentioned in the podcast, Capital Trustees’ offices are located in the SkarlatosZonarich building in beautiful, bustling downtown Harrisburg, as you can hear in the background at certain points in this episode.


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