Amy Bess

Amy Bess

Amy L. Bess is the Chair of Vedder Price’s Labor and Employment Practice Area and a Member of the firm’s board of directors. Based in Washington, D.C., Amy also oversees the firm’s office there as Administrative Shareholder. Her employment litigation experience includes the representation of employers before U.S. state and federal courts and administrative agencies, defending against claims of race, sex, disability and age discrimination; sexual harassment; whistleblower retaliation; restrictive-covenant disputes; wrongful termination; and wage and hour violations. She regularly advises employer clients regarding compliance with all federal, state and local employment laws.

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Addressing Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era, Part 4 What has your organization done to ensure employees understand your commitment to a respectful, harassment-free workplace? How do you ensure leaders are sending the right messages? The fourth and final byline in our series will address those questions. with co-author Sadina Montani Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Trotting out the same tired training...

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Addressing Sexual Harassment In The #MeToo Era, Part 3 The #MeToo movement has brought to light allegations of misconduct by members of countless industries. As a result, in workplaces and on social media, we’re beginning to discuss in earnest what constitutes workplace harassment and employers’ obligations to combat it. In the third installment of this four-part series from Vedder Price’s Amy Bess...

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The Rights of the Alleged Harasser In the second installment of this four-part series from Vedder Price’s Amy Bess and Sadina Montani, the authors discuss the balance employers must strike when investigating sexual misconduct: the company must act swiftly, but not hastily. Both parties have rights to consider, and a misstep in handling the allegation can expose the company to potential litigation...

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Best Practices for Investigating Allegations The #MeToo movement has brought to light allegations of misconduct by members of countless industries. As a result, in workplaces and on social media, we're beginning to discuss in earnest what constitutes workplace harassment and what employers’ obligations are in combating it. Is your company holding these conversations, and do you know what to discuss? with co-author...

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