Melissa Fleischer, Esq. to Present on Workplace Violence to Research Scientists

Research Safety Track:
Lab Violence: Lessons Learned
Presented By: Melissa Fletcher, Esq. & Pogo Voskanian, M.D.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
1:00 pm EST/12:00pm CST
11:00am MST/10:00am PST
Length: 60 minutes
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Workplace Violence is a serious problem today! The news has been flooded with incidents like the Yale murder & Harvard poisoning and most recently, the deadly research workplace violence attack that occurred at University of Alabama-Huntsville. Researcher, Amy Bishop, Ph.D, supposedly disturbed at tenure decisions, allegedly opened fire in a department faculty meeting killing three and wounding three others.

Like other tragic incidences, Bishop’s history showed a warning sign: strong dissatisfaction that her tenure had been denied. Detailed re-examination of the suspect’s past history revealed her participation in the 1986 shooting death of her brother had been ruled “accidental”. More recently, she had been a suspect in a 1993 letter bomb case to a Harvard Medical School professor.

Many incidents of violence have common warning signs but these can be hard to pinpoint. Scientists, especially, can be “normal”, though quirky. Join Melissa as she walks you through the difficult task of differentiating eccentricity, from simmering anger, and violence proclivity. She will discuss such limited tools as are available for predicting aberration.

Please beware: There is no simplistic or easy answer, and we do not promise such…but you owe it to yourself and your research colleagues to learn about when and how a colleague or co-worker “snaps” into violence.

Get the inside scoop on the following hot topics:

• Learn the Definition of Workplace Violence
• Identify the Warning Signs of Workplace Violence in Co-Workers
• Strategies to Make Your Workplace Safer
• Learn What Puts You at Risk in the Workplace
• And much more!

Have additional questions? You have the floor with the speaker during an interactive Q&A. Also submit your questions in advance via email.

Who should attend? Principal Investigators , University Officers, and anyone else involved in the managing staff members.

Your expert speakers:
Melissa Fleischer, Esq.Melissa Fleischer, Esq.,
is a management-side employment law attorney with over twenty (20) years experience and founded HR Learning Center LLC. Ms. Fleischer has successfully represented numerous clients in employment discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. She is a frequent lecturer on a wide range of employment law topics including seminars and workshops on sexual harassment training, diversity training, FMLA/ADA training and workplace violence prevention training. She is nationally recognized as an expert in her field. Ms. Fleischer is also a Chapter Editor for the FMLA Treatise that has recently been published by BNA. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and adjunct faculty for the Professional Development Center of SUNY/Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. Ms. Fleischer earned a juris doctor degree from The National Law Center at the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from New York University.

Pogo Vaskanian, M.D.Pogo Voskanian, M.D. is an associate professor of Psychiatry at Drexel / formerly MCP Hahnemann University Medical School, where he directs and teaches the Psychiatry and Law Program. Dr. Voskanian has extensive clinical and forensic experience. He has served as the program director of the Philadelphia Prison System Mental Health Services, and has also served as the director of Psychiatry and Law program at the Medical College of Virginia. He is active in multiple professional organizations and serves on various committees.Currently in private practice he consults for Forensic Aftercare Programs in Philadelphia, provides treatment for dually diagnosed patients and has an extensive clinical practice. He is also consultant for State of New Jersey Department of Human Services, and State of Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

  • Complimentary attendee package, including the speaker’s complete presentation handouts. Keep this quick reference tool close by for future use.
  • One low price for all the staff you can stuff into a conference room.
Workplace Violence: Lessons from Harvard Lab Poisoning
& Yale Lab Murder

Non-Member Price: $197 | Member* Price: $147.75
If you are a member, remember to enter your special discount code in the checkout to get your discount!


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