DE&I After SFFA v. Harvard

  • Background on the Harvard Decision, including a brief foundation in prior status of the law
  • How the Harvard Decision affects future DEI efforts, including goal setting, metrics, pipeline measures, and how we talk about diversity
  • Where lawsuits and challenges are being made, where public pressure for more diversity remains, and how we can remain committed to diversity within legal parameters

Yesenia Gallegos
McDermott Will & Emery

Yesenia Gallegos is a partner in the Employment group at McDermott Will & Emery. She focuses her practice on a wide range of matters, including restrictive covenants, wage and hour law, discrimination and harassment claims, executive employment agreements, leaves of absence, employee terminations and reductions in force. She represents employers in employment litigation—including class actions—pending in both state and federal court. She also represents employers in actions against former employees in trade secret and embezzlement actions that require immediate restraining orders, injunctions and/or liens. She is frequently sought after to conduct and oversee workplace harassment and discrimination investigations and wage and hour audits.

Yesenia is the General Counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association and former regional president for the Southern California region. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and her Juris Doctorate from University of San Francisco.

Stephania Sanon
McDermott Will & Emery

Stephania C. Sanon is a partner in the Employment group at McDermott Will & Emery. She is a trusted advisor to U.S. and international companies on matters ranging from complex M&A transactions and internal investigations to compliance with federal, state and local employment and labor laws.

Stephania regularly advises clients on their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs, issues relating to pay equity and pay transparency including serving as lead counsel during pay equity audits, and the impact of these matters on ESG reporting. As a leader within the Transactions and Executive Contracts Employment Subgroup, she provides strategic advice on employment matters arising in the M&A context such as workforce restructuring and drafting and negotiating executive employment and separation agreements. Stephania also has significant experience conducting investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination against executive level employees and senior managers and directors.