EEOC To Hold First All Virtual Public Hearing On April 28


By Godson Umejiego, Correspondent USA

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold its first all virtual Commission hearing on Wednesday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) to consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers, the difficulties faced by employers in navigating potential employment discrimination issues raised by COVID-19, and future challenges the pandemic may present for employees and employers.

The hearing will be held virtually, as a videoconference, via Zoom for Government and is open to the public, in accordance with the Sunshine Act. The public may observe the livestream or connect to the audio-only dial-in by following the instructions that will be posted on www.eeoc.gov. Closed captioning and ASL services will be available. We anticipate the links and audio-only dial-in information to be posted on Monday, April 26 and no later than 24 hours prior to the hearing.

The Commission will hear testimony from a wide variety of experts on job discrimination and other barriers to employment during the ongoing health and economic crisis and how to help promote compliance with equal employment opportunity laws as employers and workers navigate unprecedented conditions. The Commission will hear from the following panelists during the hearing:

Panel 1

  • Senior Economist and Director of Policy, Economic Policy Institute, Heidi Shierholz
  • President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, John Yang
  • President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center, Fatima Goss Graves              
  • President and CEO, Society for Human Resources Management , Johnny C. Taylor
  • Founder/President, Justice for Migrant Women, Co-founder, The Latinx House, Poderistas & Alianza Nacional de Campensinas, Mónica Ramírez
  • President and General Counsel, Center for Equal Opportunity, Devon Westhill
  • Acting President and Executive Director/Executive Vice President of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Damon Hewitt

 Panel 2

  • Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon, and Research Fellow, The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development , Eric Henson,  
  • Former US Commissioner on Disabilities, Julie Hocker                     
  • Senior Attorney, Disability Rights Texas, Brian East                                           
  • Senior Vice President, Policy and Assistant General Counsel, Center for Workplace Compliance, Michael Eastman                            
  • Senior Attorney, AARP Foundation, Laurie McCann
  • Legal Director, Sikh Coalition, Amrith Kaur                                                                          

The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.

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