Harassment Free Workplace
May 31 | 6PM-10PM & June 3 | 9AM-5PM
The work place is an increasingly difficult arena to navigate when conducting business. The higher your position, the more people you are responsible for ensuring they have a work place free of harassment. As more employees work off site and increasing numbers of contractors and clients come to your place of business, complexities of working together multiply. Public employers face this situation in an environment where more and more employees file complaints of harassment and discrimination. This workshop will touch upon the federal anti-discrimination employment laws; discuss the leading U.S. Supreme Court decision on harassment and hostile work environments; and dissect a harassment fact pattern from both the plaintiff and defendant perspectives.
Patrick Kokenge was promoted to the position of Chief Administrative Judge for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Miami District Office in May of 1991 from his position of Senior Trial Attorney in that office. Judge Kokenge supervises the District’s Hearings Unit consisting of up to nine Administrative Judges with jurisdiction over federal civilian personnel in the State of Florida, except for the panhandle, and the Caribbean
Judge, Judge Kokenge has received several Chair awards from the Commission for his work on both federal sector and private sector early case resolution. He negotiated, on behalf of the Commission, a national agreement with the U.S. Postal Service to mediate virtually all Postal Service EEO complaints appealed to the Commission for a hearing beginning in 2002. In addition to working on projects for the Commission, Judge Kokenge assisting the South Florida Federal Executive Board in organizing and implementing a mediation program open to all federal agencies in the South Florida area at no charge to the participants.
Patrick Kokenge joined EEOC upon completion of his JD degree from Nova Southeastern University, Sheppard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale. He is a former arbitrator and Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit and County Court Mediator. He has served as a panelist for the American Arbitration Association for labor and employment. Judge Kokenge is a member of the Florida Bar and a past co-chair of the Florida Bar’s EEO Committee, Section on Labor and Employment.