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PRESS RELEASE
11-18-08

NEXT COMMISSION MEETING THURSDAY, NOV. 20

Panelists to Discuss Job Bias Against Individuals with Arrest and Conviction Records

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold its next public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), at agency headquarters, 1801 L Street, N.W. In accordance with the Sunshine Act, the meeting is open for public observation of the Commission’s deliberations.

Following the announcement of notation votes, the Commission is scheduled to hear from the following invited panelists on employment discrimination faced by individuals with arrest and conviction records:

Panel 1: Barriers Experienced by People with Criminal Records

  • Devah Pager, Professor, Princeton University.
  • Diane Williams, President and CEO, Safer Foundation.

Panel 2: Stakeholder Perspectives and Litigation Issues

  • Michael Foreman, Professor, Dickinson School of Law.
  • Donald Livingston, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
  • Janet Ginzberg, Senior Attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

Panel 3: New Research Developments

  • Shawn Bushway, Professor, State University of New York at Albany.

Panel 4: Employer Practices

  • Rae T. Vann, General Counsel, Equal Employment Advisory Council.
  • Laura Moskowitz, Staff Attorney, Second Chance Labor Project at National Employment Law Project.

Any matter not discussed or concluded may be carried over to a later meeting. The Commission agenda is subject to revision. You may call (202) 663-7100 (voice) or (202) 663-4074 (TTY) on the day of the Commission Meeting to confirm the above schedule.

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