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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public Commission Meeting at its headquarters building on Tuesday, December 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Conference Room (9th Floor), 1801 L Street, N.W. The meeting will focus on employment discrimination issues in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Following opening remarks from Commission members, three panels consisting of affected communities, employers, and EEOC officials will address the issue of workplace bias and harassment against employees or job applicants who are - or are perceived to be - Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, South Asian, or Sikh. The panels are:

Panel 1 - Community Representatives

  • Dr. Ziad Asali, President, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
  • Amardeep Singh, Legal Director, The Sikh Coalition
  • Jean AbiNader, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Arab American Institute
  • Arshad Majid, Representative, National Association of Muslim Lawyers

Panel 2 - Employer Responses/Best Practices

  • Betsy Bosak, Director of Human Resources, TRW Space and Electronics
  • Thomas Korber, Senior Director of Human Resources, Astra-Zenica Pharmaceuticals

Panel 3 - EEOC Response

  • Elizabeth Thornton, Director, Office of Field Programs
  • James R. Neely, Jr., Director, Detroit District Office
  • Carol Miaskoff, Assistant Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Counsel

NOTE TO MEDIA: Seating is limited to approximately 125 people; however, an overflow room will have closed circuit television of the meeting. Members of the public are requested to arrive before 1:00 p.m. to allow sufficient time to complete entry procedures prior to the meeting. Any matters not discussed or concluded may be carried over to a later meeting. The Commission agenda is subject to revision. Please call (202) 663-7100 (voice) or (202) 663-4074 (TTY) on the day of the meeting to confirm the schedule. Further information about the Commission is available online at

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