Ramos Law attorney Colleen Calandra participated in a unique and inspirational educational opportunity for women in the workplace.
On November 14, 2018 the West Metro Chamber invited Colleen to be a featured speaker at their annual Women’s Summit. The 3-part panel discussion was designed to empower both female employers and employees and focused on sexual harassment in the workplace. Colleen was joined on the panel by two other powerhouse speakers, one a criminal lawyer and the other a therapist who specializes in victims of sexual harassment. The intent of the panel discussion was to examine the legal and emotional impact of sexual harassment in the workplace.
According to the audience, one of the biggest takeaways from the event was the way that sexual harassment is differentiated between the civil and criminal court systems. The crowd asked many questions about this topic when it was revealed that for a case to be “criminal,” there needs to be physical contact that is reported to the police and investigated. If, after the investigation the state prosecutor determines that there is probable cause, the victim can bring a case against his/her assailant. On the other hand, for a case to be considered “civil”, the harassment can come not only in the form of physical conduct, but of verbal statement, texts, emails or photos as well.
When asked about the experience of empowering hundreds of women to be safe in the workplace, Mrs. Calandra proudly stated, “What an honor to speak at the West Chamber’s Women’s Summit. As a woman and employment discrimination lawyer, I love educating people about sexual harassment and hot topics such as the #metoo movement.”
Sexual harassment is a SERIOUS issue from BOTH the perspective of employers and employees. Questions about this most important topic can be fielded by Mrs. Colleen Calandra, Director of Employment Law at Ramos Law. She can be reached at 303-733-6353.