With the rising number of discrimination, harassment and retaliation charges filed each year, many employers rightfully worry about the economic, cultural and productivity costs associated with defending such charges. Seyfarth Shaw offers employers a unique opportunity to peek behind the curtain and hear directly from high-level local representatives from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In this installment of Seyfarth’s Breakfast Briefing series, our panelists from the EEOC and MCAD will answer your questions and provide valuable insight into the investigation process. Attendees also will hear about the EEOC’s and MCAD’s ongoing enforcement and litigation initiatives, how the two agencies work together in Massachusetts, the impact of recent changes in the discrimination laws, and best practices for employers dealing with the agencies.
Our esteemed panel will include:
- Robert L. Sanders, EEOC Director of Boston Area Office: Mr. Sanders has over 30 years of experience in the area of civil rights enforcement. Appointed Director in 1993, he oversees the investigation of all civil rights charges in the Boston Area Office.
- Sunila Thomas-George, MCAD Commissioner: Ms. Thomas-George has worked at the MCAD since 1997, serving in a variety of important positions, including Chief of Enforcement. Appointed a Commissioner in 2007, she is responsible for the administration, adjudication, and education of civil rights matters.
- Markus L. Penzel, EEOC Senior Trial Attorney: Mr. Penzel joined the EEOC’s Boston Area Office in April 1999 following a successful career in private practice. As Senior Trial Attorney, he litigates cases brought by the EEOC alleging violations of various discrimination statutes including Title VII, ADA and ADEA.
- Joel Berner, MCAD Chief of Enforcement: With over 20 years of legal experience, Mr. Berner leads the MCAD’s 40-member Enforcement Unit.
He directs the processing and investigation of cases filed at the MCAD.
Space is limited. Please reserve your spot today.
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