Jessica Childress

Managing Attorney, The Childress Firm

Ms. Childress is the managing attorney and founder of the Childress Firm PLLC, an employment law firm based in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Childress holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and African American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.  Ms. Childress graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Distinction from the University of Virginia in 2007.  After law school, Ms. Childress served as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr. in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  Ms. Childress has served as an associate at two global law firms and as an attorney for the United States Department of Justice.  In 2014, Ms. Childress published her first children’s book entitled, The Briefcase of Juris P. Prudence, a fictional novel about an eleven-year-old lawyer who fights for children’s rights. In 2016, Ms. Childress launched a children’s content company producing content that teaches children about the law.

Ms. Childress has held leadership roles in the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Washington Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.  She has been the recipient of several honors, including the National Bar Association’s 40 under 40 Best Advocates Award, the Kim Keenan Leadership & Advocacy Award, the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association’s Rising Star award, and recognition by the National Black Lawyers as one of the top 100 black attorneys.  Ms. Childress has also been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes and Entrepreneur.  

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Your Organization’s Role in Responding to #MeToo: Creating a Culture of Anti-Harassment and Inclusion

The current social climate has left many communities feeling unsafe and vulnerable to harassment and discriminatory treatment.  The workplace is comprised of people with various identities—racial and ethnic minorities, women, parents, caregivers, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBT, and veterans, just to name a few.  All employees, regardless of their backgrounds, should feel comfortable in bringing their diverse identities to the workplace, feeling assured that their diversity will not subject them to harassment or discriminatory treatment.

Federal civil rights laws only provide protection for a limited group of protected classes.  Furthermore, under Title VII of the Civil Right Acts, conduct is considered harassment only if it is “severe” and “pervasive.”  As such, federal laws leave a gap in the categories of protections that they offer for all people and set too low of a standard if organizations are relying ...

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HR’s Role in #MeToo

February 19, 2018 | Jessica Childress

The #MeToo movement is gaining critical momentum, but how should organizations – and the HR function – respond? Employment law attorney Jessica Childress examines some of the legal implications facing organizations today,  and redefines expectations so HR can enable better diversity and inclusion policies.