EEOC: Updates, Investigations and Enforcement in 2018

Broadcast Date: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)
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Corbett L. Anderson
Jennifer Riley
Vianei Lopez Braun


About U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC” or “Commission”) was established by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”).  Its jurisdiction now includes not only Title VII, but also the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. 

Together, these laws protect individuals from employment discrimination (including unlawful harassment) based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, and genetic information. They also make it illegal to retaliate against a person for opposing employment discrimination, filing a charge of discrimination, or participating in an investigation or lawsuit regarding employment discrimination. Finally, provisions in the ADA, and GINA strictly limit covered entities from obtaining health-related information from applicants and employees and require that any genetic or medical information a covered entity has about an applicant or employee be kept confidential.

There are two major enforcement mechanisms available to the EEOC. The first is the administrative process – the investigation and conciliation of charges brought by an individual or by a Commissioner alleging discrimination. The second is the litigation process – the bringing of individual and pattern-or-practice cases in federal court against a covered entity that the Commission believes has violated one or more of the laws the EEOC enforces. The EEOC also implements the federal employment non-discrimination laws through regulations, as well as through sub-regulatory guidance that explains how the laws and regulations apply to specific workplace situations.

About Seyfarth Shaw LLP

At Seyfarth Shaw LLP, we are leading the way in delivering legal services more effectively, more efficiently, and more transparently. With more than 850 attorneys in the United States, London, Shanghai, Melbourne, and Sydney, we offer a national platform and an international gateway to serve our clients’ changing business and legal needs in corporate, employee benefits, employment, litigation, and real estate. Seyfarth Shaw provides thoughtful, strategic, practical legal counsel to clients of all sizes across all industries, delivering excellent legal service, sophisticated technology and process improvement solutions. Our clients range from Fortune 100 to midsize companies, and include publicly traded and privately held companies and various types of funds.

Our success is the result of a constant, unrelenting focus on the needs of our clients, and we are always looking for ways to meet our clients’ needs for value and efficiency while maintaining the high quality of our services. That's why we created SeyfarthLean®, our proprietary, value-driven client service model, which combines the core principles of Lean Six Sigma process improvement with project management and tailored technology solutions. Since 2005, SeyfarthLean has been unique within the legal profession and a distinctive approach to providing, delivering, and managing client and legal services.

Our client-first approach has resulted in numerous accolades from a variety of highly respected industry associations, consulting firms, and the media, including: BTI Consulting’s “Client Service A-Team” list, which ranks firms that serve the Fortune 1000 and is based exclusively on client feedback; a top spot in the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers 2015 report of the most innovative firms; the Association of Corporate Counsel “Value Champion” award; and multiple awards from the International Legal Technology Association, including 2014 “Innovative Project of the Year” and 2013 “Innovative Law Firm of the Year.”


About Decker Jones, P.C.

Established in 1896, Decker Jones is a full-service law firm serving clients in Fort Worth and throughout Texas. For more than one hundred years, we’ve participated in our city’s economic expansion and addressed the ever-changing needs of our clients. Rooted in this rich history, we’re a forward-thinking firm working to advance and protect the interests of the clients we serve..