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PRESS RELEASE
6-16-11

Commission to Examine Disparate Treatment in Hiring

June 22 Meeting to Focus on Barriers to Employment in the 21st Century Workplace

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public meeting at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) Wednesday, June 22, on the role of disparate treatment in hiring and the actions being taken by the EEOC and the private sector to address it.

The meeting will be held at EEOC headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E. In accordance with the Sunshine Act, the meeting is open for public observation of the Commission’s deliberations.

The Commission will hear from invited panelists. The meeting agenda includes:

Panel 1: Synopsis of Disparate Treatment in Hiring

  • Katharine W. Kores, District Director, EEOC Memphis District Office
  • Bill Lann Lee, Plaintiff Employment Law Expert, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker, & Jackson, P.C.
  • Grace E. Speights, Defense Employment Law Expert, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Panel 2: EEOC’s Litigation

  • Kate Boehringer, Supervisory Trial Attorney, EEOC Baltimore Field Office
  • Diane Smason, Supervisory Trial Attorney, EEOC Chicago District Office

Panel 3: Overview of Hiring Discrimination Research & Training

  • Marc Bendick, Employment Discrimination Researcher, Bendick & Eagan Economic Consultants, Inc.
  • Rae T. Vann, General Counsel, Equal Employment Advisory Council

A brief question-and-answer session with EEOC Commissioners will follow each panel discussion.

Seating is limited and it is suggested that visitors arrive 30 minutes before the meeting in order to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room. The Commission agenda is subject to revision. Additional information about the hearing, when available, will be posted at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/meetings/index.cfm.

The Commission will hold open the June 22, 2011, Commission meeting record for 15 days, and invites audience members, as well as other members of the public, to submit written comments on any issues or matters discussed at the meetings. Public comments may be mailed to Commission Meeting, EEOC Executive Officer, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20507, or emailed to Commissionmeetingcomments@eeoc.gov. All comments received will be made available to members of the Commission and to Commission staff working on the matters discussed at the meetings. Comments will also be placed in the EEOC library for public review.

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