EEOC to Host Hearing on Workplace Effects of Covid-19 Pandemic

April 20, 2021, 6:56 PM

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will hold a virtual hearing next week focused on the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the workplace.

The workplace civil rights agency’s April 28 hearing will feature more than a dozen labor and employment experts, including a former Labor Department chief economist, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Biden-appointed EEOC Chair Charlotte Burrows previously stated her intention to hold a hearing to examine the effects of the pandemic. This will be the first hearing the agency’s hosted during the Biden administration, with Burrows as chair.

“The Commission will hear testimony from a wide variety of experts on job discrimination and other barriers to employment during the ongoing health and economic crisis and how to help promote compliance with equal employment opportunity laws as employers and workers navigate unprecedented conditions,” the meeting announcement stated.

Burrows called hearings “an excellent tool” for learning which policies the agency could implement, or other approaches it could take, to respond to the pandemic.

Also on April 28, the EEOC will join with the Education and Justice departments in a separate discussion on how to combat anti-Asian hate and discrimination. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and community stakeholders will also participate.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paige Smith in Washington at psmith@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: John Lauinger at jlauinger@bloomberglaw.com; Jay-Anne B. Casuga at jcasuga@bloomberglaw.com

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