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PRESS RELEASE
4-25-11

EEOC to Commemorate Equal Pay Day With Public Forum and Informational Fair

WASHINGTON—To heighten public awareness of gender-based wage discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public forum from 10:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, April 28, to commemorate Equal Pay Day. The program will be held at the EEOC’s downtown headquarters, 131 M Street, NE, Washington, D.C., and will be open to the public.

The forum will feature the following panels and exhibitors:

10:30-11:30 Closing the Wage Gap—Perspectives on Government Enforcement of Federal Wage Discrimination Laws
Jacqueline A. Berrien, Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Department of Justice
Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director, Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor (DOL)
Patricia Shiu, Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, DOL
Nancy Leppink, Deputy Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, DOL
Christine Griffin, Deputy Director, Office of Personnel Management

11:30-12:30 Strategies for Closing the Wage Gap
Cecelie Counts, Legislative Representative, AFL-CIO
Deborah Gillis, Senior Vice President, Membership & Global Operations, Catalyst
Kate Kimpel, Partner, Sanford Wittels & Heisler, Plaintiffs’ Counsel in Velez v. Novartis
Lisa Maatz, Director of Public Policy, American Association of University Women
Moderator: Judith Winston, Former Undersecretary and General Counsel, Department of Education

12:30-1:30 Informational Fair: Learn What You Can Do to Close the Wage Gap
Partial List of Exhibitors: DC Office of Human Rights; National Partnership for Women and Families; National Women's Law Center; American Association of University Women; National Committee on Pay Equity; Coalition of Labor Union Women; Executive Office of the Mayor (DC)

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at www.eeoc.gov.