Hi, I'm Audrey Roofeh, an attorney with experience in employment law, litigation, and non-profit management. In October of 2017 I made the decision to leave my post as Director of Program Delivery at Pro Bono Net, where I worked with determined and whip-smart lawyers and tech experts focused on access to justice. I left my great job because I had an opportunity to bring my skills and experience to make change in the #metoo movement, to help build stronger, more inclusive workplaces.
This past December, I launched Mariana Strategies, an employment law consulting practice, to serve a very specific purpose: addressing the needs of small businesses and nonprofits. Workplace harassment is real, and pervasive, whether you work in a Fortune 100 behemoth or a small nonprofit. One difference is, corporate giants have the resources to address the issue. For small businesses and nonprofits, resources to address harassment may be nonexistent.
When a business ignores harassment and discrimination, it's left open to potential liability, as well as not living up to potential for a thriving workplace. Individuals who experience workplace harassment suffer physically, emotionally and financially. The costs to businesses are big as well: decreased productivity, increased turnover and - in this day of Glassdoor.com - reputational risk.*
The EEOC, the body charged with enforcing laws that make discrimination and sexual harassment illegal, recommends that businesses take specific actions to prevent and address these issues, including in-person workshops (not online videos), additional support and training for managers and supervisors, and reporting and investigations mechanisms, among other items.**
I provide resources that organizations need to prevent and address harassment and create stronger/healthier workplace cultures of inclusion. I do this by focusing on three core areas: (1) engaging staff and management in workshops to build self-awareness about harassment and discrimination; (2) delivering robust, tailored policies and procedures; and (3) providing advice and support on their implementation. My services are straightforward, and - crucial to small businesses - affordable.
If you'd like to talk with me about what your business needs, I'd like to hear from you. Email me: email@example.com. You can also sign up to receive our newsletter. I'm looking forward to speaking with you.