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Sep 22, 2014

What Employers Learn from Wal-Mart's Dress Code Controversy: Weinstein Discusses Issue on Knowledge@Wharton Podcast Interview


Attorney Deborah Weinstein, a lecturer in the Wharton Business School's Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, discusses the timely issue of Dress Codes in the workplace in a podcast interview in September 2014 with Dan Loney on Knowledge@Wharton, at Sirius XM Business Radio.

For more information, contact Deborah Weinstein, Esquire, The Weinstein Firm, (215-636-0616).
Jul 30, 2014

Deborah Weinstein Named by PA Super Lawyers As One of Top 50 Women Lawyers and One of Top Employment & Labor Attorneys

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Deborah Weinstein, President of The Weinstein Firm, has been recognized as ranking in the Top 50 Women among Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2014.

The designation—a Pennsylvania nomination, research and blue ribbon review process—is one that attorney Weinstein has received every year since 2004.

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2014 also recognized Deborah Weinstein among the top Employment and Labor attorneys.

The selections were made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of Thomson Reuters.

Apr 25, 2014

"Is the Workplace the Right Place to Discuss Race? ": Deborah Weinstein and James Pabarue Discuss Issue at PBI CLE


 At the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Annual Continuing Legal Education Employment Law Institute on April 24 attorney Weinstein and attorney James Pabarue presented a program exploring the topic "Is the Workplace the Right Place to Discuss Race?"

For more information, contact Deborah Weinstein, Esquire, The Weinstein Firm, (215-636-0616).
Aug 06, 2013

Sensitivity Training Becomes Front Page News in Wake of Riley Cooper Scandal: Media Turns to Deborah Weinstein for Explanation


I was surprised and delighted when the national news media beat a hasty path to my electronic door last week in the wake of the Philadelphia Eagles’ announcement that they were ordering wide receiver Riley Cooper to undergo individualized sensitivity training after he was caught on video using a highly offensive racial slur.  Reporters were wondering what is sensitivity training, and what can be accomplished in one-to-one training sessions.

Jeff Blumenthal, reporter for the Philadelphia Business Journal, asked whether sending Cooper to sensitivity training means his days with the team are numbered.  I told Jeff:

We see presidents or vice presidents of companies sent to sensitivity training . . . people so valuable that [the companies] don’t want to terminate their employment despite what they said or did . . . This means they [the Eagles] are willing to invest in him.  If they didn’t value him, he would have been out the door immediately.

Read more: Riley Cooper Scandal Highlights Use of Corporate Sensitivity Training, Philadelphia Business Journal, August 2, 2013. http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2013/08/02/riley-cooper-matter-highlights-use-of.html

When reporters from USA Today asked what can be accomplished in the one-to-one sensitivity and anti-harassment training sessions that I conduct, I began by explaining what sensitivity training is not—it’s not therapy and it is not designed to change deep-seated biases or stereotypes:

A short-term stint in sensitivity training isn’t intended to change a person’s core beliefs but rather to promote respectful behavior within a work environment . . . The important thing, when we are reacting to something that has already happened, is to drive home to the individual that they need to take this very, very seriously . . . There are no second chances after this.  We want to intervene and make a difference so that the employer has a sense of confidence that this sort of thing won’t happen again.

Read more:  Riley Cooper Still Earning Eagles' Teammates Trust After Slur, USA Today, August 3, 2013. 


The Weinstein Firm has been conducting sensitivity and anti-harassment training for nearly a decade.  Our focus is on developing and improving work-related interactions and communications so that trainees learn to show greater sensitivity to and respect for others.  Our approach is to train people to avoid needlessly offending anyone, especially because of their age, sex, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or other legally protected characteristic.  Trainees are encouraged to be mindful of this dimension of communication and to take seriously their responsibilities in complying with their company’s anti-harassment policy.

I have developed a curriculum for sensitivity and anti-harassment training—called SMARTMOVES®—which my firm provides for employers: usually on-site at workplaces for group training, or in our offices for one-to-one individualized training for employees who are alleged to have harassed or otherwise offended coworkers or subordinates at work.

When it comes to one-to-one sensitivity training, experience counts. Working with experts in organizational development and drawing on my training as a mental health professional combined with 15 years of teaching at The Wharton School, I developed SMARTMOVES integrating legal compliance, effective leadership and personal development that focuses on the individual involved—and allows the organization to demonstrate that it takes its anti-harassment responsibilities seriously.

In fact, other attorneys often bring us in on these kinds of matters, and our program is designed with the realization that its curriculum and presentation may indeed be scrutinized in the course of litigation.

Getting back to the Riley Cooper matter, I discussed with CBS Philly/Channel 3 reporter Todd Quinones how individualized sensitivity training might play out in a case like this:

After an episode like this, it’s a real jolt to someone . . .  People really don’t understand.  They’ve never thought about what it feels like to be on the other side.  Often times they don’t think about the other person and how they feel.

Read more and see the video: Riley Cooper To Receive Sensitivity Training, CBS Philly/Channel 3, August 1, 2013.


For more information about our sensitivity and anti-harassment training and SMARTMOVES, please take a look at our website http://www.weinsteinfirm.com/training or contact me at (215) 636-0616.

For more information, contact Deborah Weinstein, Esquire, The Weinstein Firm, (215-636-0616).
Jun 05, 2012

PA Super Lawyers Names The Weinstein Firm Among Top 4 Employment Law Firms and Deborah Weinstein As One of Top 50 Women

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The Weinstein Firm has been recognized as a Top Law Firm for employment law in the Super Lawyers 2011 Business Edition.

Top Law Firms were chosen based on the number of attorneys within the firm who were listed in 2010 Super Lawyers in business practice areas and a combination of metrics indicating the quality of those attorneys. These included the number of years selected to the list, inclusion on a top list and their average blue ribbon panel scores. 

Deborah Weinstein, President of The Weinstein Firm, has also been recognized as ranking in the Top 50 Women among Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2012.

The designation, which is the result of a Pennsylvania nomination, research and blue ribbon review process, is one that attorney Weinstein has received every year since 2004.

The selections were made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of Thomson Reuters Legal Division.

Nov 07, 2011

Be Wise, Be Fair, Be Sure, Be There: New Book Argues Successful Organizations and Making a Better World are Joined at the Hip


In their new book, Good Company: Business Success in a Worthiness Era, economist Lauri Bassi with her co-authors Ed Frauenheim, Larry Costello and Dan McMurrer, rates companies on what they call a Good Company Index.  According to the authors, to be successful, companies have to be places that create value for customers, owners and other stakeholders. Only those organizations are capable of a long-term commitment to their employees and providing job security and opportunities for development and advancement.  Make this commitment and they say you can create “a virtuous cycle.”  Read all about it at www.goodcompanyindex.com

For more information, contact Deborah Weinstein, Esquire, The Weinstein Firm, (215-636-0616).

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