Lori B. Rassas, Esq., is an SPHR-certified employment & labor attorney and HR consultant with more than two decades of experience providing guidance on employment matters and with more than a decade of experience teaching and training executives and students of all levels. She received an LL.M. in Labor and Employment Law from New York University Law School, a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, and a B.A. from Tufts University. She also earned a certificate in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion from eCornell.
Throughout her career, Lori has provided extensive workplace guidance and counsel on all phases of the employment process to both nonunionized and unionized employers and employees. Her pragmatic approach to the navigation of employment relationships is derived from her experience on both sides of the bargaining table. Her prior employers include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia University, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (now SAG-AFTRA), among others. She also has her own HR consulting practice, through which she offers seasoned guidance on Human Resources and legal matters including diversity and inclusion issues, delivers training workshops, drafts a wide range of company policies and operational guidance materials, and coaches executives, managers, individual contributors, and job-seekers as to how to navigate their own workplace challenges.
Lori is also a trained mediator and arbitrator and the author of a number of books including a textbook titled Employment Law: A Guide to Hiring, Managing, and Firing for Employers and Employees, which will be in its fifth edition later this year. Lori also wrote It's About You Too: How to Manage Employee Resistance to Your Diversity Initiatives and Improve Workplace Culture and Profitability, Lifescripts for Today’s Workplace, The Portable Perpetual Paycheck: Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Partially Remote Workplace, Negotiating Without the Nonsense: Straightforward and Effective Strategies to Obtain the Best Possible Compensation Package, and Over the Hill but Not the Cliff: 5 Strategies for 50+ Job-Seekers to Push Past Ageism & Find a Job in the Loyalty-Free Workplace.
Lori has also developed and taught courses at a number of prestigious institutions, including Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, Fordham University School of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, the Sandra Day O’ College of Law at Arizona State University, The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University, Berkeley College, and Excelsior College, among others.
A recognized expert on employment law and workplace issues, Lori has appeared on CNBC and has been quoted in a number of publications, including The New York Times, Forbes.com, CNNMoney, Fortune, USA Today College, Women’s Day, Aarp.org, nextavenue.org, Newsday, American Medical News, and CareerBuilder.com.
You can connect with Lori on LinkedIn, visit her website at www.lorirassas.com, or follow her on Twitter (@lorirassas).