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Professor Natalie Pedersen and ’17 Alumna Write Article on Employer Liability in the Sedentary Workplace

Professor Natalie Pedersen and '17 alumna Lisa Eisenberg

December 08, 2017

Employers should bear some responsibility for the adverse health effects of sedentary work, Professor Natalie Pedersen and ’17 alumna Lisa Eisenberg argue in a forthcoming article, "If Sitting Is The New Smoking, What Does That Mean For Employers?: An Analysis of Potential Workers’ Compensation Claims in the Sedentary Workplace," that will appear in the Lewis and Clark Law Review.

The authors note the well-documented health effects of sedentary work, from high blood pressure to excess body fat, and cites workers’ compensation claims arising from workplaces in different states where employees sit for long days.

Pedersen, an affiliated member of the law school faculty who is based at LeBow College of Business, teaches Employment Law at the Kline School of Law.

Eisenberg, who is currently a judicial clerk, graduated cum laude and received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Ethics.