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Webinar: the Rights of Women in the EMS Workplace


Page, Wolfberg, & Wirth (PWW), the National EMS Industry Law Firm™ will be hosting a ground breaking webinar to address the rights of women in the EMS workplace.  Appropriately titled The Legal Rights of Women in EMS - Are We Still in the Dark? this dynamic and content-packed webinar will be conducted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 2:00-3:00 PM (EST).  Presenters will include Christie Mellott and Amanda Ward - both attorneys with PWW and experts in the field of legal compliance and women’s issues in EMS.  Registration for the webinar is now open online at www.pwwemslaw.com.  The cost is only $129 for each site, and includes all handout materials.  

“This first of its kind webinar is a timely, important event for EMS and the medical transportation industry, especially in light of recent court decisions, EEOC Guidance and high dollar settlements that have a direct impact on EMS organizations of all types – public and private,” said Christie Mellott.  “Women make up about half the workforce today in EMS – not so just a few short years ago.  Yet, there is a much smaller percentage of women serving in leadership positions in EMS than in other areas of healthcare.  Taken together, it is no surprise that there continues to be a high number of lawsuits involving discrimination and harassment against women,” noted Mellott.  “There are also new legal issues that have recently emerged involving women in the workplace that many EMS agencies are simply not aware of, or have not adequately addressed which this webinar will address,” she said.  

“With monumental changes happening in the healthcare industry, EMS employers can no longer afford to rely on ‘the way things have always been done’,” emphasized Amanda Ward.  “EMS agencies need to know the laws that affect their workforce so that they can comply and treat all of their volunteers and employees fairly and appropriately.”    

This timely webinar will tackle these critical issues head-on and help shed light on a very important legal topic.  EMS agencies can’t afford to remain in the dark as the cost is just too high. In just one recent case of many, a female EMT received a $1 million settlement from her employer after allegations of unlawful harassment and discrimination.  All EMS agencies must know their legal obligations and how to comply with the myriad of laws that have increased in recent years to protect the rights of women in the workplace.  Attending this webinar will cover that and much more, including recent changes under the Affordable Care Act that impact women’s rights in the EMS workplace.     

PWW attorneys will describe the current enforcement of these laws by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and other government agencies.  The presenters will also discuss the training necessary to “change the culture” to ensure that all staff feel they are respected and treated fairly – regardless of gender.  Join the attorneys of PWW for this first-of-its-kind webinar devoted exclusively to discussing the legal rights of women in the EMS workplace and the steps EMS agencies must take to prevent liability. This valuable program explores a topic that is all new and has never before been specifically addressed in an EMS webinar.

About Page, Wolfberg & Wirth:  PWW is the nation’s premiere EMS law firm providing a wide range of legal and consulting services for ambulance and medical transportation organizations of all types and sizes.  PWW also offers a wide range of compliance and training resources that have become the standard for the industry.  PWW attorneys and consultants have assisted EMS and medical transportation organizations in all 50 states and the U.S. territories and are well known for their prompt, accurate, and pragmatic advice. For more information about PWW’s services and products as well as the upcoming XI and abc3 conferences go to: www.pwwemslaw.com.  

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