In the past three years, the EEOC received nearly 100,000 new charges spanning the discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation spectrum, meaning a significant number of employers found themselves hauled into the EEOC administrative process.
The cost of attorney representation in the EEOC's administrative process can vary wildly, with some law firms charging upwards of $10,000 to prepare a position statement or participate in an EEOC mediation. When assessing the risk and cost each EEOC charge may pose, though, extensive attorney involvement in the EEOC's administrative process is often simply unnecessary.
Our interactive webinar will teach you how to evaluate risk using the EEOC's own Priority Charge Handling Procedures (PCHP) triage process and its National Enforcement Priority plans and determine whether you really need the assistance of a lawyer.
Former EEOC trial attorney and founder of EEO Legal Solutions Merrily Archer will explore common defense themes in EEOC position statements and provide an effective framework for drafting them in-house, without overreliance on outside counsel. This is one event you can't afford to miss!
Participate in this interactive webinar, and you'll learn:
- How to effectively conduct EEOC charge risk triage, so you can evaluate where a charge will likely fall under PCHP, and how to gain the confidence you need for handling lower-risk matters in house
- Why the resources you allocate to drafting your position statement should match the legal risks associated with that particular charge
- How to master the art of storytelling in a way the EEOC Priority Charge Handling Task Force is likely to be receptive to
- Three basic storytelling themes that can help bolster your position statement
- The latest EEOC charge and enforcement trends that should be on every organization's radar
- The four key mistakes to avoid when drafting position statements
- How to clearly and succinctly illustrate to the EEOC your underlying motivation
- The important but often omitted sections that employers leave out of their position statements
- Practical pointers on what you can do long before a charge is filed to minimize your risk of liability
- Best practices for rehabilitating employees rather than terminating them, so you can demonstrate your good faith to the EEOC
- Examples of how to effectively tell your story concerning many common charges, such as failure to hire or accommodate a
- disability, harassment, retaliation, and age discrimination tied to a reduction in force
- Why it's crucial to have documentation - and examples of that evidence - to back up assertions that requested accommodations would place an undue hardship on your business
- And more!
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the ins and outs of writing EEOC position statements. 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.