Business has picked up for anti-harassment training programs developed by Stinson Leonard Street LLP employment attorney Amy Conway.
Propelling the interest has been the #metoo movement, she said. Clients have come to her for two reasons — to “check the box” that they provided training should they face a legal case and secondly, less cynically, because it could have a positive impact.
“What’s more important is you hope [the training] effects change and makes people think twice before they say something,” Conway said. “I think people are taking it a lot more seriously now and they’re no longer rolling their eyes.”
She tells managers that how they treat alleged victims is important. They should stop reading emails or answering phone calls while listening closely to an employee reporting harassment.
Among the other areas Conway focuses on are workplace accommodations, policy development, termination and discrimination.
Despite a busy practice, she leaves time for pro bono activities, including the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota. Conway worked for six years with one client who has since been adopted and graduated high school, with plans to attend community college.
“It’s one of those things that really makes me feel good,” Conway said. “I hope I was a positive influence in her life. These are things that are a nice complement to being in law, and they remind me of why I went to law school in the first place.”