The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced it will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time in the Commission Meeting Room on the First Floor of the EEOC Office Building, 131 M Street, NE, in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, the EEOC will hear publically from five roundtables of invited guests on what the agency’s priorities should be for its Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) over the next three years in order to have the greatest impact on combating discrimination in the workplace. The EEOC press release about the meeting, which should conclude at 4:30 p.m., is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/7-12-12.cfm.
In February 2012, the EEOC – the nation’s leading enforcer of federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – approved a ‘Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012-2016’ to establish a framework for achieving the EEOC’s mission to “stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination.” The first performance measure of the Strategic Plan requires the EEOC to develop and approve the SEP to have a broad impact on reducing employment discrimination. The EEOC Strategic Plan is available at: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/strategic_plan_12to16.cfm.
The EEOC is scheduled to hear from the following panelists and organizations at the meeting on July 18, 2012:
- Former EEOC Leadership Roundtable: Former Chair Gilbert Casellas, OMNITRU and Former Vice Chair Leslie Silverman, Proskauer Rose LLP.
- Private and State and Local Government Sectors Roundtable I: Sahar Aziz, Texas Wesleyan School of Law; David Burton, National Small Business Association; Claudia Center, Employment Law Center; Brian East, Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities; Fatima Goss Graves, Employment Task Force, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Ray McClain, Employment Task Force, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Joshua Stehlik, National Immigration Law Center; and Bobbie Wanzo, Illinois Department of Human Rights.
- Private and State and Local Sectors Government Roundtable II: Marc Bendick, Bendick and Egan Economic Consultants, Inc; Deborah Eisenberg, University of Maryland School of Law; Daniel Kohrman, National Employment Lawyers Association; Joyce Margulies, Margulies Employment Law Consulting; Nancy Modesitt, University of Baltimore School of Law; Joseph Sellers, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC; and Gary Siniscalco, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
- Federal Sector Roundtable: Banjo Akinyemi, Federal Disability Workforce Consortium; Sharon Eller, U.S. Department of the Interior; Ernest Hadley, Federal Employment Law Training Group; Leonard Hirsch, Federal GLOBE; Joseph Leonard, U.S. Department of Agriculture; National Coalition for Equity in Public Service; Patricia Randle, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO; and Jason Zuckerman, U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
- EEOC Employees Roundtable: William Cash, Little Rock Area Office; Reuben Daniels, Charlotte District Office; Elizabeth Grossman, New York District Office; John Hendrickson, Chicago District Office; James Lee, SES Advisory Council; Gabrielle Martin, National Council of EEOC Locals; and Kathleen Mulligan, Administrative Judges Association.
In accordance with the Sunshine Act, the open session of the July 18 meeting will be open to public observation of the EEOC’s deliberations and voting. Seating is limited, so visitors should arrive 30 minutes before the meeting in order to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room. Additional information about the meeting will be posted at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/meetings/index.cfm.
As reported earlier in the ESR News blog ‘New EEOC Strategic Plan Combats Employment Discrimination through Strategic Law Enforcement,’ the SEP would replace the current National Enforcement Program and ensure a concentrated effort to identify and pursue priority investigations and cases. The SEP would also lower the barrier between the EEOC’s work in the investigation stage and the litigation stage so all operations work in tandem to stop unlawful employment discrimination. The SEP should be approved by the EEOC no later than September 2012.
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