January 2

Lisa Bertini | 2019 Women in Business Honoree

Owner of Bertini Law P.C.

At work: My practice is substantially dedicated to seeking to remedy workplace discrimination and to ensure employees are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner in the workplace, without regard to race, gender, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. I have been named one of the Top 25 Female Lawyers in Virginia for the last seven consecutive years, one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Virginia for seven consecutive years, as well as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia for the past four years by Super Lawyers Magazine. I have also been named among The Best Lawyers in America in the area of labor and employment law every year since 2010.

Home and family: I am married to Dr. Jack Siegel and have two bicoastal daughters (residing in Santa Monica and Manhattan) and one son, Iggy, who happens to be a sheepdog. I love to travel anywhere but especially the mountains of Colorado where my husband and I explore nature and find our chill ― literally, the only issue with Hampton Roads is its horrible humidity.

Volunteer activities: I am the vice chair of the Virginia Bar Association Employment and Labor Section Council. I am past chair of The Holocaust Commission of Tidewater which helps promote an understanding of the uniqueness and magnitude of the Holocaust, its unfolding stages, and its critical lessons. I’m on the personnel committee at Ohef Sholom temple.

Advice for women in business: It is taken from the Talmud: Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief; do justly, now; you are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

Professional goal in five years: To diversify my talents to keep it “fresh” while still providing mentorship and opportunities for women in my field.

What really gets under my skin: Nothing gets me going like when people don’t respect others because of differences. It is that vex that propelled me into the work I find so satisfying.

Read the Article Originally Published on Inside Business

October 5

VBA Labor and Employment Law Section membership and events

Arlene Klinedinst and Lisa Bertini discuss the benefits of membership in the VBA and its Labor and Employment Law Section. They invite attorneys to the 2019 edition of the Conference on Labor and Employment Law, Sept. 12-14. The event, the 49th annual, will be at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia. Details at www.vba.org/19labor.

October 14

The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women

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Have you ever been harassed in the street? Received a crass message on a dating app? Had a coworker make a comment about your appearance that just didn’t sit right?

You’re not alone.

With the #MeToo movement, it’s easy to log onto Twitter or Facebook and see just how many women are victims of sexual harassment. Whether in person or online, women everywhere have experienced it in one way or another. And with all the new ways the internet has opened avenues of communication, online harassment is more prevalent than ever.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, most online abuse takes place on social media. Although men are also subject to online harassment – which includes name calling, derision, and physical threats – the study found that online, women are more than twice as likely as men to experience sexual harassment.

In addition, more than half of women ages 18-29 report having been sent sexually explicit images without their consent.

This number is only growing, and while 70% of women believe online harassment to be a major problem, not many know how to prevent it. {click the image or title to view the article}

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