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Four EEOC Commissioners to Speak at ABA Employment Law Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2013 — The four commissioners of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will speak at the _ National Conference on Equal Opportunity Law April 3-6 in Savannah, Ga.

The conference, sponsored by the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law of the
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, will bring together many of the nation’s top experts on labor and employment law. Representatives from business, labor and the federal judiciary will participate in discussions, along with the four EEOC commissioners — Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien and Commissioners Victoria A. Lipnic, Chai R. Feldblum and Constance Smith Barker — and other government officials.

The conference will pay tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 45 years ago on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., while in support of a strike by sanitation workers.  The EEO Committee and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis will join in a special remembrance of the 1968 strike and explore the legal and social landscapes of pay equity and job segregation, then and now. The panelists include the Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, pastor of the Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, who was an eyewitness to the King assassination; and Charles F. Newman, an attorney for King during the sanitation workers strike.

Other program highlights include:

“Here, There and Everywhere: EEO and Labor Law Implications of Ubiquitous Workplace Social Media”
Panelists will explore employees’ rights to use social media, the extent to which employers can manage such use and employers’ use of social media for hiring, promotion and termination decisions.
April 4, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“Pregnancy, Parenting and Careers: Leave, Pay and Promotion Bias”
Claims involving pregnancy, childbirth and related leave issues are rising and frequently fall under the Family and Medical Leave Act and accommodation laws. The panel will focus on potential claims and defenses when female employees assert that pregnancy or related leave affects either their promotional opportunities or compensation.
April 4, 2 – 3:15 p.m.

“Side Bar with the Judges: Class Actions”
Federal judges who have presided over important EEO class actions will share their views on manageability, use of experts and other practical class litigation issues.
April 5, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

“Where EEO and Immigration Meet: Law and Advocacy”
Employers are sometimes not aware of the requirements of immigration labor laws when hiring foreign nationals. This workshop, co-sponsored by the Section’s Immigration Law Committee, will address implications of a workforce vulnerable to discrimination and the effect immigration status has on workers’ access to legal remedies.
April 5, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

What:
2013 National Conference on Equal Opportunity Law

When:
April 3-6, 2013

Where:
Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
1 Resort Drive
Savannah, GA 31421

For more information on the conference and a complete list of panels and speakers, please click here.

There is no charge for media covering this event. For media credentials and more information, please contact Bill Choyke at -1864 or

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