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Joint Diversity/HR Meeting

This is a joint meeting of the Diversity & HR Sections. This meeting is sponsored by Paramount Staffing.

When: Wednesday, July 13th
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Alston & Bird (Room 4903)
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, Georgia  30309
United States
Contact: Jennifer Brinkley

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Incorporating Diversity Into Hiring Goals and Strategies

While existing laws aim to prohibit explicit, intentional discrimination in employment, they do very little to address the unconscious biases that can permeate key, everyday employment decisions.  Recent research shows that these unconscious biases can significantly hinder the hiring and retention of a truly diverse workforce – and have a negative impact on the overall success of a business.  In this presentation, Kandis Wood Jackson, a Labor & Employment Associate at Alston & Bird, and Summer Associate Robert Poole will discuss the ways in which, despite anti-discrimination laws, unconscious biases can affect hiring, retention, and other employment decisions, and present strategies for incorporating diversity into an employer’s hiring and retention practices.


Presented by Kandis Wood Jackson

Kandis is an associate at Alston & Bird LLP, in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group. Her litigation experience includes defending employers and federally funded entities against a range of claims, including those of gender, race, age, disability, and sex discrimination under Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, and Title IX, as well claims related to employee compensation and benefits and claims based on common law tort and contract theories. In addition, Ms. Wood Jackson has worked on lawsuits involving non-compete agreements and other issues that arise when employees leave a company to work for a competitor. She also represents companies and individuals in immigration-related matters such as visa filings and other required communications with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Kandis received her law degree from Harvard University, where she served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Law & Gender, the Human Rights Journal, and the Journal of Law & Policy Review. While attending Harvard Law School, Ms. Wood Jackson was selected to the executive board of the Women’s Law Association and elected president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.   Prior to law school, Ms. Wood Jackson taught sixth grade social studies in West Atlanta through the Teach For America program. She earned a B.A. in English and political science, cum laude, from Duke University in 2008.

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