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Press Release 02-16-2022

Federal Labor Agencies Host Online Discussion on Preventing Retaliation and Securing Racial Justice in the Workplace

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will host an online dialogue entitled “Ending Retaliation, Securing Racial and Economic Justice in the Workplace” to discuss the impact of employer retaliation on workers, particularly low wage workers, who may also suffer racial discrimination in the workplace.

This event, part of a multi-agency initiative launched in November 2021, highlights a shared commitment to the agencies’ vigorous enforcement of worker protections and economic justice. Agency leaders will discuss their roles and examine how federal labor agencies can cooperate to protect workers from adverse employment decisions that can have serious impacts on their livelihoods.  


  • Charlotte A. Burrows, Chair, EEOC
  • Mary O’Neill, Regional Attorney, EEOC
  • Jennifer Abruzzo, General Counsel, NLRB
  • Lisa Henderson, Regional Director, NLRB
  • Seema Nanda, Solicitor, DOL
  • Maia Fisher, Regional Solicitor, DOL
  • Jessica Looman, Acting Administrator, DOL, Wage and Hour Division
  • Ruben Rosalez, Regional Administrator, DOL, Wage and Hour Division
  • Moderator: Jocelyn Samuels, Vice Chair, EEOC

WHEN: February 24, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST


Registration is required. Video/Dial-in information will be sent separately upon registration.

Registration link:

Due to anticipated high volume, please connect early to ensure access. A recording will be available at a later time after the event.

The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information about the EEOC’s work generally can be found at Stay connected with the latest EEOC news by subscribing to our email updates.  

Many of the Acts enforced by the Wage and Hour Division include anti-retaliation provisions, and the agency prioritizes worker protections that prohibit employers from harassing, threatening or retaliating against employees.

Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employees, employers, and unions from unfair labor practices and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year.