Rochester, NYGender Identity & Expression: Harassment Prevention

Program Description

This presentation will provide an overview of legal issues surrounding the employment of transgender and non-binary individuals, and will encompass both federal and New York State law.  Specifically, we will discuss how transgender and non-binary employees must be treated under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Gender Expression Non-discrimination Act, and the New York Human Rights Law. Topics such as pronoun usage, bathroom access, religious objections and correct terminology will also be addressed.


City Grill – Ballroom 384

384 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

free parking



September 10, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 am Registration & Networking

8:00 – 9:30 am Presentation



Members: FREE

Non-members: $25


Learning Objectives

Following the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Institute policies and guidelines regarding transgender and non-binary employees in the workplace.
  • Assess and respond to complaints of discrimination from transgender and non-binary employees.
  • Answer questions from other employees regarding workplace legal requirements for transgender and non-binary employees.

About the Presenter

Theresa E. Rusnak (Associate /Bond Schoeneck & King), is a labor and employment law attorney who counsels employers in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including addressing wage and hour issues, responding to claims of employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge and retaliation, drafting personnel policies and employee manuals, and dealing with unfair labor practice charges and collective bargaining issues.

She represents clients in state and federal litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings and hearings before state and federal governments, agencies and boards.

Honors & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Articles Editor, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics

Representative Publications

  • Theresa E. Rusnak and Tyler T. Hendry, “Survey: Labor and Employment Law,” Syracuse Law Review, Spring 2019
  • Interviewed for “SCOTUS decisions could impact unions,” Rochester First, June 27, 2018
  • Interviewed for “What the Janus decision means for New York’s workforce,” Spectrum News Rochester, June 27, 2018
  • Interviewed for “#MeToo movement is changing how companies deal with harassment,” Rochester Business News BizCast, March 22, 2018
  • Interviewed for “#MeToo is changing HR approach,” The Daily Record, March 21, 2018
  • Theresa E. Rusnak and James Holahan, “No Help Wanted: The Regulation and Elimination of Retail Positions,” New York Law Journal, February 26, 2018
  • “How Do You Spell P-A-I-D F-A-M-I-L-Y L-E- A-V-E?: An Exploration of New York’ s Paid Family Leave Act,” New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Journal, Fall 2017
  • Theresa E. Rusnak and James Holahan, “Increasing State and Local Government Activism Creates Compliance Minefield,” New York Law Journal, February 27, 2017

Registration & Cancellations

For questions on registration or cancellations, please contact one of our co-directors of Hospitality:

Nicole Kier at com or Lauren Sebring at

Cancellations permitted up to 24 hours prior to event

Registration for this event will close at 3pm on 9/3/19

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