In its 2012 Performance and Accountability Report, the EEOC characterized its historic collections from employers as evidence of enforcing the law more effectively. Shortly thereafter, at a public hearing in March 2013, an EEOC official stated that the agency's alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program presents a "wonderful opportunity to settle" discrimination and retaliation charges.
But is settlement through EEOC mediation always the best course of action for the employer?
Participate in this timely webinar presented by EEO Legal Solutions' founder Merrily S. Archer, where you'll discuss common mediator threats and then compare them to the EEOC's own enforcement data, which will help you make more accurate risk assessments and, by extension, more cost-effective settlement decisions.
- A description of the EEOC's ADR program and its initial goals
- The EEOC's enforcement agenda, recent statistics, and insight into "the money metrics"
- What the EEO Legal Solutions EEOC Mediation Survey reveals about the respondents' dealings during mediation
- An overview of the EEOC's Priority Charge Handling Procedures (PCHPs), and the practical implications of the alphabet soup of A, B, and C charges
- The relationship between the EEOC's ADR program and cause determinations, systemic investigations, and/or litigation
- Practical strategies for effective EEOC mediations, including what every employer should know about judges and juries and
- EEOC "systemic" and "class" investigations
- Best practices for scheduling a mediation, knowing when to walk away without settling, and the one piece of paper you should never leave an EEOC mediation without
- How "Reality testing" can keep you in check
- How to assess the likely benefits of early resolution based on the merits of a particular charge
- What happens if a mediation goes south and the legal battle path that could lie ahead in that case
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the ins and outs of EEOC mediations so you can make more accurate risk assessments and cost-effective settlement decisions. Register now for this interactive event risk-free.
About your presenter:
Attorney Merrily Archer is the founder of EEO Legal Solutions, which offers expert, creative, and cost-effective solutions for managing the burgeoning risk of workplace EEO disputes. Ms. Archer is a former employment attorney with two of the nation's largest workplace law boutiques and a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As a former EEOC insider, she uses her knowledge to empower HR leaders and in-house counsel to triage EEOC charges and handle in-house lower-risk matters historically referred to outside counsel. Ms. Archer is a past winner of Denver Business Journal's Forty Under 40 award, a recognized SuperLawyer in Employment Litigation Defense, and a recently inaugurated finalist in Law in the 2012 Denver PowerBook. She has published several articles and is a much-requested presenter on EEO issues for regional and national HR and trade organizations such as SHRM, CHRA, BAHRA, CAPLAW, the Colorado Bar Association, and the EEOC Training Institute