Michael Shadiack, Chair of Connell Foley's Labor and Employment Group, is quoted in New Jersey Business Magazine's article "Defending the Unconscious: How to Guard Against Legal Claims of Implicit Bias." The article recaps Mike's presentation at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association's (NJBIA) February 7th seminar "Getting Personal: Knowing the Legal Liabilities of a Hostile Workplace."
Mike explains that implicit or unconscious bias refers to the unmindful stereotypes that individuals form through years of life experiences, media influences and upbringing. In the workplace, unconscious bias becomes an issue if someone forms and acts on a negative opinion of another person based on that person's national origin, race, age, sexual orientation, religion or other protected classification. In such instances, a company and its managers could be exposed to legal claims.
To read the full article, please visit NJBIA's website.