Davis+Gilbert is a proud sponsor of The Women in Law Summit Series: Women, Diversity & Change to be held in New York on May 8. Jessica Golden Cortes, Davis+Gilbert, Labor + Employment partner, and her co-presenters will speak on a panel titled “Dealing with Unconscious Bias & Discrimination.”
Whether discrimination comes from overt prejudice or unconscious bias, minorities and women are not receiving equal opportunities or treatment when it comes to landing in-house counsel positions, earning promotions, or making partner in a law firm. In fact, the impact of unconscious bias can be insidious and underestimated or rationalized too easily. How can lawyers identify their own unconscious biases and overcome discrimination when it affects them directly? This panel will explore the types of unconscious bias to look out for, i.e. power of language, intuitional bias, ignorance and education, as well as how to approach managers, peers, direct reports and when an official approach is needed for reporting bias.