Employment + Small Biz: A Conversation with EEOC Commissioner Constance S. Barker

Special presentation + Live Q&A with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Commissioner, Constance Barker.

As a small business owner, you make tough decisions every day, from what to sell, to who to hire, to whether to expand, all while making sure you are complying with the federal employment laws. But with so many complex and ever-changing laws and regulations, it’s sometimes difficult to understand what your legal responsibilities are.

If this rings a bell, then this webinar is for you!

In celebration of National Small Business Week, join us for a conversation with Commissioner Constance S. Barker, one of the five Commissioners of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the government agency that enforces the federal employment discrimination laws. Prior to joining the EEOC, Commissioner Barker was a partner in a law firm representing businesses in Alabama. She knows the challenges you face as a small business owner and wants to help make your job easier in understanding the laws enforced by the EEOC. Commissioner Barker will discuss her work on behalf of small businesses, but most importantly, she wants the opportunity to hear from you!


Commissioner Barker discusses:

  • EEOC’s Small Business Task Force
  • How the EEOC can help small businesses
  • How you can share your thoughts and concerns with the EEOC
  • What EEOC resources are available to help you


Recorded: Thursday, May 15, 2014
12 PM ET (9 AM PT)
Duration: 1 hour (approx.)

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Constance Smith Barker has been a member of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) since 2008. She was nominated by President George W. Bush on March 31, 2008, and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on June 27, 2008, to serve the remainder of a five-year term expiring on July 1, 2011. On May 19, 2011, Commissioner Barker was nominated by President Barack H. Obama to serve a second term to expire on July 1, 2016. The nomination to the second term was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on September 26, 2011.

Prior to joining the Commission, Commissioner Barker represented small businesses in Alabama. As a result of that experience, she is keenly aware of the day-to-day reality of running a small business and the constant struggle to simply keep the doors open and meet payroll. For that reason, she has consistently focused on the Commission’s duty to help small businesses understand their legal obligations under the federal employment laws as those laws continue to evolve in the courts and through changes to regulations.

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