Mark And Bruce

MARC’s John Shahdanian II, Bruce Rosen To Be Featured On Free Speech in the Workplace Panel

Just how free are employees to express their views at work? Can employees wear a MAGA hat to a TV station job? Would it make a difference if they worked for a police station or a public school?

Two MARC partners, John L. Shahdanian II and Bruce S. Rosen, will shed light on those answers during the May 13 virtual annual meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).

John will co-moderate and Bruce will be one of the speakers on the Labor and Employment Law panel, “Kicked to the Curb.”

The program will offer tips to help avoid angry workplace exchanges, hurt feelings, adverse employment actions and exposure to claims.

The panel’s topics will include:

  • How public and private sector workplaces differ on these issues.
  • The role of policies and what those policies can/cannot include.
  • What, if any, corrective actions are possible and advisable.

John, an employment litigator, is frequently consulted about discrimination, disability, sexual harassment, whistleblower, noncompete, wage-and-hour and family leave matters.

He represents private and public sector clients, including high-ranking government officials and corporate C-suite officers. He appears in federal and state courts, as well as before arbitration and state administrative tribunals.

John also is the NJSBA trustee and recording secretary for the Bar’s Labor & Employment Law Section.

Bruce, a media and commercial litigator, will focus on First amendment rights in public and private workplaces. Previously, he was an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor, and has long been associated with high-profile, free-speech litigation.

He also has extensive experience in complex and standard commercial litigation, including employment, environmental, contract, land use and minority shareholder matters.

Keith Waldman, a shareholder at Selikoff & Cohen in Mount Laurel, will co-moderate the panel. In addition to Bruce, panelists will be Patricia Northrop, NJTV’s general counsel; Shannon Morales D’Jamoos, senior counsel/director, employment law at Gap Inc.; and
Raymond M. Baldino, an associate at Zazzali, Fagella, Nowak, Kleinbaum & Friedman in Newark.

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