Press Release

EEOC RESCHEDULES FEDERAL SECTOR TOWN HALL MEETINGS, AND ADDS FOURTH PUBLIC FORUM TO MEET ATTENDANCE DEMAND

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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PRESS RELEASE
4-4-00

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has rescheduled its Washington, D.C., town hall meetings on the federal sector EEO complaint process due to an increasing public demand as well as a scheduling conflict. The new dates are Thursday, May 4 and May 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at EEOC Headquarters, First Floor Training Center, 1801 L Street, N.W.

A town hall meeting in Washington, D.C. had originally been scheduled for April 25; however, the date was changed because it coincided with the end of the religious holiday of Passover. An additional date was added to accommodate the large number of individuals who have expressed an interest in attending the public forums. The first town hall meeting was held on March 22 in St. Louis and a second public forum will be held on April 5 in Los Angeles.

"We look forward to hearing from the public about the Commission's ongoing efforts to eradicate workplace bias in the federal government and to make the EEO process fairer and more efficient for federal employees and agencies alike," said EEOC Chairwoman Ida L. Castro.

The public meetings are part of the EEOC's comprehensive enforcement efforts to improve overall operations and reach out to agency stakeholders at the grassroots level. They will focus on recently implemented regulations (29 C.F.R. Part 1614) designed to reform and streamline the federal sector EEO complaint process, as well as a new interagency federal sector task force led jointly by the EEOC and Vice President Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government.

Participants at the town hall meetings are expected to include representatives of the private bar, federal employee unions, civil rights advocacy groups and community organizations, as well as federal employees and managers. Space is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a seat, please complete the RSVP form.

Further information about the Commission is available on the agency's web site at www.eeoc.gov.


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