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LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination: The Road to the Supreme Court
This hour-long presentation will offer an inside look at the lessons learned from the advocates in LGBTQ workplace discrimination cases before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Gerald Bostock, petitioner in the landmark civil rights case Bostock v. Clayton County, his legal counsel, Tom Mew of Buckley Beal, and lead communications counsel, Megan Paquin, APR, CPRC of Poston Communications, will offer a look back at the road to the Supreme Court. They will not only address the legal victory and how it came to pass, but they will describe the importance of communications, engaging core stakeholders, and others in this critically important Supreme Court victory and matter of public concern.

Moderated by Del Galloway, APR, Fellow PRSA
Vice President - Communications, Wells Fargo

Aug 26, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Megan Paquin, APR, CPRC
Vice President @Poston Communications
Megan Paquin leads Poston Communications’ national crisis management and litigation communication team, ranked one of the top 20 litigation communications teams by Chambers & Partners. She has been trusted to lead communications strategies for some of the world’s most respected brands, and thrives in complex, high-stakes situations. Her career spans more than a decade with significant experience in matters such as Supreme Court litigation, high-profile employment discrimination, personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, data breaches and consumer data privacy, intellectual property infringement, trade secrets violations, organized crime, tax controversy and more. Megan has an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), is a Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC), and adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida where she teaches public relations case studies.
Gerald Lynn Bostock
Petitioner @Bostock v. Clayton County
For more than a decade, Gerald Bostock served as a dedicated advocate for abused and neglected children in his community. As the County’s child welfare services coordinator, Gerald had taken its Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program to unprecedented levels of success, receiving national awards for his work. Yet, just months after the County learned Gerald was gay and had been encouraging friends in his gay softball league to volunteer for the program, he was fired. Gerald filed a lawsuit challenging his termination and, with the help of his lawyer, he has pursued his case all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. On October 8, 2019, thousands gathered outside of the Supreme Court in support of Gerald and the rights of all Americans to not be discriminated for who they are, who they love or how they identify. On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled in Gerald’s favor, guaranteeing the LGBTQ community federal protection from workplace discrimination.
Thomas J. Mew, IV
Partner @Buckley Beal
Thomas J. Mew, IV is partner at Buckley Beal, one of Atlanta’s largest and most respected law firms. Tom currently serves as legal counsel to Gerald Bostock, petitioner in a landmark civil rights case before the Supreme Court of the United States. Seven years ago, Gerald was fired for being gay, and his case is expected to impact millions of Americans when it is decided this June. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, School of Law, Tom began his legal career as a clerk for Judge Herschel Franks of the Tennessee Court of Appeals and for the Honorable Harold L. Murphy of the United States District Court for Northern Georgia. He then practiced for many years at Rogers & Hardin LLP before joining Buckley Beal in 2015. His practice covers a broad range of employment matters including both individual and class action discrimination, harassment and wage-and-hour litigation, as well as arbitration and mediation.