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Press Release 06-29-2015

The EEOC to Hear About Progress and Challenges at Meeting Commemorating 50th Anniversary

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 1, at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington D.C. The meeting, entitled "EEOC at 50: Progress and Continuing Challenges in Eradicating Employment Discrimination," will be open to public observation and commemorates the agency's 50th anniversary on July 2.

At the meeting, the Commission will hear from invited panelists about persistent and evolving forms of discrimination that continue in today's workplaces as well as about employment practices that can reduce barriers to equal opportunity. The following panelists are confirmed to speak:

  • Solon Barocas, research associate, Center for Information Technology, Princeton University
  • The Honorable Cari M. Dominguez, former Chair, EEOC, senior vice president and chief talent and diversity officer, Loma Linda University Health
  • Ronald Edwards, director, Program Research and Surveys Division, EEOC - newly added witness
  • Jocelyn Frye, senior fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Darrell S. Gay, partner, Arent Fox LLP
  • Rachel D. Godsil, professor, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

In conjunction with this meeting, the agency will announce the release of American Experiences Versus American Expectations. The report is an update of the groundbreaking 1977 EEOC report Black Experiences Versus Black Expectations and uses EEOC data to examine changes in participation rates of minorities in the American workforce from 1966 to 2013.

Seating is limited. We encourage visitors to arrive 30 minutes before the meeting to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room. Visitors should bring a government-issued photo identification card to facilitate entry into the building.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at