EEOC_FrontCover_Thumb resized.jpgBy Christopher DeGroff and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Calling all loyal blog readers – the EEOC-Initiated litigation webinar is just a few days away – on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. We still have spaces available for the webinar – click here to register and attend.

Our readers have given us wide-ranging feedback since the launch of our annual EEOC litigation study, EEOC-Initiated Litigation: Case Law Developments In 2012 And Trends To Watch For In 2013. This publication is a definitive source of information that focuses exclusively on EEOC-related litigation (click here to order a copy). Our webinar will provide a comprehensive review of these workplace litigation trends and provide attendees with updates on 2013 rulings. 

The webinar will focus on the past twelve months, which represented a landmark year for EEOC complex employment-related disputes and portends an array of developing trends for employers to monitor in 2013. These trends emerge on the heels of the EEOC’s release of its Strategic Enforcement Plan (discussed here, here, and here). Just a few months into 2013, we have already seen the EEOC make good on its promise to devote increased resources to its six national enforcement priorities, which include: (1) eliminating barriers recruitment and hiring; (2) protecting immigrant, migrant, and other vulnerable workers; (3) addressing emerging and developing issues; (4) enforcing equal pay laws; (5) preserving access to the legal system and; (6) preventing harassment through systemic enforcement and targeted outreach.

Against this backdrop, partners Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Christopher DeGroff, co-chairs of our complex discrimination litigation group, will lead attendees through the substantive trends in the EEOC’s 2012 litigation and discuss what employers should look out for in 2013. Some of the topics we will discuss include:

  • A practical review of the EEOC’s new Strategic Enforcement Plan.
  • Noteworthy case filings and settlements in 2012 & early 2013 and what they signal for employers.
  • Significant court rulings in 2012 & early 2013 and what they mean for employers.
  • Practical advice on dealing with the EEOC and what every employer should have in its EEOC defense “toolkit.”

The date and time of the webinar is Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mountain
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific

We look forward to you joining us!

Readers can also find this post on our Workplace Class Action blog here.

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Photo of Christopher J. DeGroff Christopher J. DeGroff

Christopher is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department in the Firm’s Chicago office, with a practice largely focused on multi-plaintiff and class/collective actions. Mr. DeGroff’s class action experience spans the scope of employment law theories. Mr. DeGroff also has extensive experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern-and-practice litigation. Mr. DeGroff has developed innovative strategies for addressing wide-ranging governmental requests for information and has handled complex regional and national EEOC investigations, typially resulting in no action being taken against our clients at all. When the EEOC has resorted to litigation, Mr. DeGroff has been instrumental in defending our clients against these often high-profile systemic cases, working with any number of class action teams to achieve efficient and effective case resolution. Mr. DeGroff’s class experience also includes a significant understanding of emerging electronic discovery issues, and has conducted speeches and published articles on electronic discovery and other high-technology issues.

Photo of Gerald Maatman, Jr. Gerald Maatman, Jr.

Gerald is a partner in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. Mr. Maatman has a primary emphasis in his practice on defending employers sued in employment-related class actions and EEOC pattern and practice lawsuits brought in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Mr. Maatman also pioneered the process of conducting employment practices audits to assist employers in structuring effective and practical personnel policies and protocols. These audits are designed to minimize the incidence of employment-related class action litigation and to maximize management discretion and workplace productivity. Mr. Maatman’s work in this area has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.