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Incidents of workplace harassment are making headlines again and again. This has led to renewed attention on workplace cultures and efforts to continue to make workplaces free of harassing behavior and to create cultures that have higher and more sustainable levels of civility.

The Richards Group and the Labor & Employment Law Group at Downs Rachlin Martin are teaming up to facilitate a discussion about harassment prevention and building workplace civility with business leaders in Southern Vermont.


Seating is limited
please register now to reserve your place.

Please contact
Barbara Harris
via email or at
(800) 222-6016.


Ross Gibson,
Director, The Richards Group

Ross is currently Director, Client Operations & Consulting for TRG. With over 30 years of Human Resources experience, Ross has developed a passion for building stronger, more civil workplace cultures. Ross consults with organizations all over northern New England on issues related to culture, leadership, Human Resources and workforce development.


David Harlow
Director, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

David Harlow is a labor and employment attorney in DRM's Brattleboro office. David's goal is to educate and advise employers so that they can make informed business decisions about labor and employment law issues. He advises employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws and seeks to prevent unnecessary and costly litigation whenever possible. When disputes do arise, David steps in to defend employers' interests in court or in arbitration. He has litigated employment law cases on behalf of companies in a variety of industries, including finance, aerospace, retail and health care. David also has substantial experience representing unionized employers in labor arbitrations and he regularly represents employers before administrative agencies, such as the EEOC, NLRB and DOL.


Sophie Duffy
Associate, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

Sophie Duffy is a pragmatic labor and employment attorney focused on providing practical and client-centered solutions to workplace issues. Her wide-ranging experience in state and federal court, as well as before the NLRB enables her to creatively troubleshoot all manner of employment disputes. Sophie has experience helping clients with discrimination and retaliation claims, WARN Act, FMLA, corporate investigations, and whistleblower claims, among others.

Event Details

March 28, 2019

Rutland Country Club
275 Grove Street
Rutland, VT 05701

7-7:30 a.m. Registration, networking & breakfast
7:30-9:30 a.m. Presentation

$25 per attendee (payable via PayPal at registration)

Approved for 2 SHRM professional development credits

We'll discuss:
Civility: what it is, why it is important and what employers can do to ensure that people are civil at work; The latest legal developments regarding workplace harassment, and Steps employers must take to ensure that they have a workplace free of harassing behavior.

The Seminar Partners


DRM's labor and employment attorneys are highly regarded counselors and thought leaders, applying prior experience as managers and human resource professionals to their understanding of the day-to-day pressures of business operations and human relations issues. Our attorneys provide practical solutions in line with good human resources practices to help clients find effective, customized solutions. Other services include:

  • supervisor training programs

  • development and review of employee handbooks

  • auditing of wage and hour practices

  • development of affirmative action plans

  • structuring of reductions-in-force or other corporate restructurings


The Richards Group, headquartered in Brattleboro, VT, has provided local Insurance and Employee Benefits solutions to clients throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts since 1867. The firm currently has over 125 employees and was named one of the "Best Places to Work in Vermont" in each of the past 4 years by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The Richards Group has expanded services to include Safety, Wellness and Human Resources consulting.