Seyfarth Events

Politics at Work and the Future of the American Workplace


Cost: There is no cost to attend but registration is required and seating is limited.

Maggiano's Little Italy

2019 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
(719) 961-2700

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception:
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m

The current political climate, changes to the make-up of the Supreme Court and the Department of Labor, and advances in technology will bring more change than ever to the workplace, with new issues being considered and debated from the Boardroom to the highest level of government.  We will consider employers’ options for addressing and limiting political discourse and disputes at work and discuss emerging tensions between religious liberty and LGBT rights in the workplace.  We will also look ahead at future trends, including what a restructured Supreme Court and Department of Labor means for employers.

Political Discourse and Dissent at Work

  • Protections for political activity in the workplace.
  • National origin and citizenship status discrimination.
  • Managing political disputes and discourse.

Tensions Between Religious Liberty and LGBT Rights

  • Religious liberty and LGBT rights — current tensions and future trends.
  • Texas Legislature considering the so-called "bathroom bill."
  • Focus on transgender rights under benefit plans, FMLA and ADA.

The Future Workplace: Looking Ahead

  • Supreme Court nominee Neal Gorsuch and the future of the Supreme Court (special focus on the validity of class action waivers).
  • What employers can expect from Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta.
  • The EEOC's pivot away from transgender rights and other Obama trends.
  • Robots in the workplace - panacea or increased risk?
  • Status of health care reform following "repeal and replace" efforts.


This CLE has been submitted for 1.5 hours of credit, and is appropriate for both litigation and transactional attorneys. HRCI credit is pending approval. Please note that in order to receive full credit for attending this program, the registrant must be present for the entire session.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Willis at and reference this event.