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Capitol Correspondence - 05.04.21

EEOC Hosts Panel Examining Civil and Disability Rights Issues Emerging from Pandemic

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On April 28, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held its first virtual Commission hearing, examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers, the difficulties faced by employers in navigating potential employment discrimination issues raised by COVID-19, and future challenges the pandemic may present for employees and employers. While the hearing was not recorded, we link below to the testimony of four witnesses to keep our members abreast of important policy discussions that could inform future regulations.

Witnesses on disability topics:

  • Julie Hocker, former U.S. Commissioner on Disabilities                     
  • Brian East, Senior Attorney, Disability Rights Texas       

Witnesses on general long-term care topics:

  • Michael Eastman, Senior Vice President, Policy and Assistant General Counsel, Center for Workplace Compliance
  • Laurie McCann, Senior Attorney, AARP Foundation  

The full list of witnesses and their testimonies are available on the EEOC website.