NEW BEDFORD —"The Workplace in the Age of #METOO" is the topic of the Jan. 24 Good Morning SouthCoast! program, sponsored by the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce.

The program will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County St.

"The work atmosphere today is a melting pot of diverse cultures, races and lifestyles. Everyone deserves a healthy and safe work environment, and employers and employees need knowledge in protecting their rights for a cohesive, ethical and comfortable work setting," the Chamber said in a news release announcing the event. "The January edition of Good Morning SouthCoast! will focus on the dynamics within the workplace and how it is disrupted by inappropriate conduct and discrimination of any kind.

"The Workplace in the Age of #METOO will feature a panel of professionals offering their expertise on this growing concern and how we can educate the future workforce to alleviate the issue," they said.

Panelists include: Juli Parker, Ph.D., assistant dean of students/director, UMass Dartmouth and Michael A. Gamboli, partner, Partridge Snow & Hahn. A representative from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination will also speak on how the organization is addressing this growing concern.

Parker has been assistant dean of students since 2013. Since 1995, she has been the director of the Women's Resource Center, now the Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality. She has a B.A. in Theatre/Dance from the University of Maine and an M.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Alabama. She received her Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences with a focus in Theatre and Women's Studies from the Union Institute & University in 2006.

Parker, who writes a blog called The Feminist Critic (thefeministcritic.com), lives in Swansea with her husband of 21 years and her two dogs and two cats. In her free time she likes to act and direct at local theatres and re-hab vintage trailers.  

Gamboli's employment practice focuses on risk management and litigation. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to minimizing the risks arising out of human resource decisions and conflicts, and consults with clients on a daily basis on wage and hour, employee discipline, leaves of absence, termination and general employment disputes. In addition to having over 20 years’ experience litigating general business disputes, he has extensive employment litigation experience.

In addition to the program, a full breakfast buffet will be available. Tickets are $30 for members, $45 non-members and $300 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are also available. For more information or to register, contact Deven Q. Robitaille at 508-999-5231 ext 103 or email deven@southcoastchamber.com.