Pregnancy Discrimination in 2022



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March 29, 2022
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About the Program

Pregnancy discrimination cases continue to be on the rise. Hear from an esteemed panel of experts on the impacts of pregnancy discrimination, why this is still happening, what is and isn?t protected and what can be done when it happens.

Meet the Speakers
Eve H. Wagner


Chair of the BHBA’s Committee on Empowering Women

Eve Wagner, Esq. joined Signature Resolution in 2019 as a mediator and arbitrator. She has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of cases involving employment, entertainment, business, and real estate matters.

More than 18 years ago, Ms. Wagner expanded her litigation practice to include mediation and arbitration. Since then, she has resolved hundreds of cases involving a wide variety of disputes, ranging from single to multi-party, complex matters involving employment, Civil Rights/Unruh Act, class actions, PAGA claims, entertainment, intellectual property, legal malpractice, fee disputes, premises liability, and personal injury. She also joined the Independent Film & Television Alliance in 2013 and the AAA in 2017.

Previously she co-founded a successful litigation boutique and practiced extensively in federal and state courts, as well as alternate dispute resolution forums. She litigated both plaintiff- and defense-side employment cases, as well as both sides of entertainment, business, and real estate matters. Ms. Wagner represented individuals as well as small to large publicly traded corporations in various industries, including entertainment, real estate, financial, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing.

Ms. Wagner’s mediation style emphasizes common sense, clear communication, and the ability to solve difficult problems with practical solutions. She uses both the evaluative and the facilitative styles of mediation.

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Nora Stilestein


Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Nora Stilestein, is a partner at Sheppard Mullin. Nora represents employers in every stage of the litigation process. She specializes in employment litigation, including claims relating to workplace accommodations and pregnancy discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Nora also counsels employers on compliance issues, and trains managers and human resources professionals on best practices.

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Erika L. Shao


Partner Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Erika L. Shao is a partner and trial attorney at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani. Erika specializes in litigating single and multi-plaintiff employment cases with a focus on litigating cases through trial. Erika also counsels employers on issues including workplace accommodations and harassment training. Erika successfully defeated a pregnancy discrimination claim at trial. Erika was previously on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), whose mission is to ensure that every member of the school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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Cortney Shegerian 


Founder of Shegerian Conniff LLP

Cortney Shegerian, founder of Shegerian Conniff LLP, was named one of the “Most Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2017, 2019 and 2021 and one of the youngest attorneys in California to argue a case before the California Supreme Court. Cortney has extensive experience litigating claims of pregnancy discrimination, harassment and retaliation on behalf of employees. Cortney has tried cases in both State and Federal Court and has argued in front of the California Court of Appeal. She is an active Board Member for the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House, a volunteer for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Program at Stanley Mosk and a volunteer at the Sojourn Battered Women’s Shelter in Santa Monica. Cortney was recently selected as a Superlawyers Rising Star in 2022.

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Ramit Mizrahi


Founder of Mizrahi Law, APC

Ramit Mizrahi, the founder of Mizrahi Law, APC, represents employees exclusively. She is Chair of the Pasadena Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section and Past Chair of the California Lawyers Association Labor and Employment Law Section. Ramit is a graduate of Yale Law School, UC-Berkeley, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was recently selected to the Super Lawyers Top 50 Women in Southern California list.

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Mandana Torabi


Board certified psychiatrist

Mandana Torabi, M.D. is a dual board certified psychiatrist specializing in Child & Adolescent psychiatry and General adult psychiatry who will speak to the devastating impacts of pregnancy discrimination. Dr. Torabi has served as inpatient Unit Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital and is a member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association.

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