EEOC to Educate on Employing Disabled

April 5, 2002

As part of President Bush's "New Freedom Initiative," U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chairwoman Cari M. Dominguez has announced a series of EEOC workshops aimed at informing small businesses about employment of the disabled.

The program will target the participation of small business chambers of commerce, associations and development centers outside of major metropolitan areas.

"The EEOC has a critical role to play in introducing the fastest-growing sector of the business community to a vastly skilled but underutilized labor pool right in their own backyard," Dominguez said. "These interactive workshops are an important step toward providing small business owners and managers with answers to questions about everything they ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask about tapping into a tremendous business resource, individuals with disabilities."

The EEOC says it is expanding upon its traditional enforcement role to provide employers with education and technical assistance. The workshops, which are being developed by EEOC's Office of Legal Counsel and field offices across the United States, will be customized for each group of small business participants.

The focus will be on the advantages of hiring people with disabilities, and the workshops will address such topics as permissible questions during job interviews, reasonable accommodations, recruitment resources, and tax incentives.

The EEOC, along with the U.S. Department of Justice, will offer small businesses insights into the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) relating to Title III, which covers public accommodations and commercial facilities.

The first workshops will take place in Rapid City, S.D. (April 9 and 10); Reno, Nev. (April 23); Morgantown, W.Va. (May 29); Kenosha, Wis. (June 3); Milwaukee, Wis. (June 4); and Phoenix, Ariz. (June 17). The schedule continues to develop with additional locations.

Small businesses and groups interested in learning more about the opportunity to participate in this workshop series are encouraged to call Joyce Walker-Jones or Michelle Zinman in the EEOC's Office of Legal Counsel at (202)663-4503.




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