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EEOC And Rhode Island To Launch Youth@Work Federal-State Partnership

EEOC Vice Chair Naomi C. Earp
EEOC Vice Chair Naomi C. Earp

NEW YORK - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) New York District Office, joined by the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, will hold a news conference to announce a unique Youth@Work federal-state partnership on Monday, May 1, at 11:00 a.m., at the Rhode Island State House in Providence (State Room, second floor).

The purpose of the partnership is to educate teenagers and employers about their respective rights and responsibilities under federal and state laws preventing discrimination in the workplace - which is especially important as youth employment increases substantially during the summer months. Featured speakers at the event will include EEOC Vice Chair Naomi C. Earp; EEOC New York District Director Spencer H Lewis, Jr.; Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights Executive Director Michael D. Evora; Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Marketing and Communication Director Karen D. Mensel; and staff of Governor Donald L. Carcieri's office.

A key aspect of the joint venture will be the unveiling of an official Youth@Work poster which will be installed in all of Rhode Island Public Transit Authority buses statewide. The posters will remain on all buses throughout the year, reaching an estimated 60,000 young people and adults on a daily basis.

EEOC's Youth@Work initiative, implemented in September 2004, is a comprehensive outreach and education campaign designed to inform teens about their employment rights and responsibilities and to help employers create positive first work experiences for young adults. In the program's first year, approximately 850 Youth@Work events were hosted across the country, reaching more than 72,000 students, education professionals, and employers. Further information about the Youth@Work campaign is available on the EEOC's web site at Specific EEOC-related information for teens is available on the Youth@Work web site at

The EEOC is the federal agency responsible for enforcing the nation's anti-discrimination laws in the workplace. The EEOC's New York District Office has jurisdiction for Rhode Island. Further information about the EEOC is available on its main web site at