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THURSDAY, February 18, 2016
From 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET


This webinar will provide valuable guidance on creating a workplace that is inclusive of LGBTQ employees. The speakers will also give an update on the federal legal protections extended to LGBT employees, and address some common issues and concerns that arise in the employment context. The learning objectives are gaining strategies to foster a more inclusive workplace and understanding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.


Mary M. Tiernan, Esq.

Mary M. Tiernan has been employed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 1991. Since September 2007, she has served as the Program Analyst for the EEOC’s Philadelphia District Office and manages the Philadelphia District Office’s outreach and public affairs program. She provides training and technical assistance to employers and employees within the district.
Ms. Tiernan is frequently requested to speak at continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association or Pennsylvania Bar Institute, at Society for Human Resources meetings in Pennsylvania and Maryland, Chamber of Commerce meetings, and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Conference. She has provided paid trainings on site to thousands of employees at private companies and state agencies. She routinely receives positive feedback and favorable evaluations from audiences for her training classes and presentations.
Ms. Tiernan has been the recipient of the highest awards offered by the EEOC. She has been selected to serve on Commission-wide task forces and to provide training to investigators and staff throughout the country as part of EEOC national training programs.
From 1991 through August 2007, she served as an EEOC Trial Attorney and Senior Trial Attorney, and litigated class action discrimination cases, and numerous individual cases, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Equal Pay Act. Prior to working for the Commission, Ms. Tiernan had a legal clerkship with the Honorable Angelo A. Guarino, of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Tiernan graduated from Villanova University and Villanova University School of Law.

Thomas W. Ude, Jr., Esq.

Mr. Ude is Legal and Public Policy Director of Mazzoni Center. Founded in 1979, Mazzoni Center is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit entity that provides quality comprehensive health, wellness, and legal services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The legal services program, now in its twentieth year, was brought into Mazzoni Center’s continuum of care in 2010. It is the only program in Pennsylvania, and one of a handful in the nation, designed to provide direct legal services to LGBT individuals and families.
He has more than twenty-five years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including seven years as Senior Staff Attorney and then Counsel with Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and people living with HIV. Mr. Ude’s advocacy on matters addressing LGBT and HIV rights in employment settings has included: submission of an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court arguing that an employer’s religious beliefs should not permit them to ignore laws that protect employees, including antidiscrimination laws, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 573 U.S. __, 134 S.Ct. 2751 (2014); challenging the State Department’s ban against hiring anyone with HIV as a Foreign Service Officer in Taylor v Rice; submission of an amicusbrief to the Connecticut Supreme Court arguing that Connecticut’s law prohibiting employment discrimination because of sexual orientation protects workers against antigay hostile workplace harassment in Patino v. Birken Manufacturing Co., 41 A.3d. 1013, 304 Conn. 679 (2012); and being lead counsel in a lawsuit on behalf of a young man who, as a public school student, was subjected to years of antigay and sexist harassment and abuse, Pratt v. Indian River Central School District, 803 F.Supp.2d 135 (2011).

He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. He is admitted to the practice of law before the Supreme Court of the United States; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Eighth and District of Columbia Circuits; the U.S. District Courts for the District of Connecticut, the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and the States of Connecticut and New York. He is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Intercall Conferencing Webinar
Virtual Room entrance begins at 1:45 p.m. EST