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Press Release 11-06-2013

Next EEOC Commission Meeting To Be Held November 13

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a meeting on Wed., Nov. 13, at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington D.C. 20507.  In accordance with the Sunshine Act, the open session of the meeting will be open to public observation of the Commission's deliberations.

The Commission will hear from invited panelists on national origin discrimination issues in today's workplace.  Participants will discuss various recruitment and hiring issues; discriminatory treatment in assignments; pay discrimination; language and accent issues; effective communication and access issues; harassment; and retaliation.  The Commission is scheduled to hear from the following confirmed panelists during the meeting:

  • Lucila Rosas, EEOC Lead Coordinator, Immigrant Worker Team
  • Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
  • Michael J. Eastman, Senior Counsel and Vice President for Public Policy, Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC)
  • Laboni Hoq, Litigation Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - (Advancing Justice - LA)
  • Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella, Partner, Shawe Rosenthal
  • Rebecca Smith, Deputy Director, National Employment Law Project (NELP)
  • Douglas J. Farmer, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

Seating is limited, and the EEOC encourages visitors to arrive 30 minutes before the meeting in order 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 Commission meeting agenda is subject to revision.  Additional information about the meeting, when available, will be posted at

As part of the EEOC's commitment to cut costs whenever possible, every effort is being made to utilize local resources and technology to facilitate testimony.  The agency will continue to fulfill its mission to stop and remedy employment discrimination by balancing the need to provide service to the public with fiscal responsibility.

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