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    Responding to Employment Discrimination Complaints (EEOC) & Membership Appreciation Night

    Date: August 18, 2011, 7:30am – 9:15am
    South Puget Sound Chapter of SHRM
    Cheney Stadium, Tacoma
    Breakfast Only $20/25, Evening Only $20/25, Both $35/40
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    Dear Members and Guests,

    LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER - MUST REGISTER BY NOON TODAY!  Please join us for this month's program offering, Responding to Employment Discrimination Complaints.  Our guest speaker brings a wealth of information and tips for preventing and responding effectively to employment discrimination claims, recent court rulings, and current trends in the workplace. We are also holding our annual Membership Appreciation Night at Cheney Stadium, A Night at the Ball Game, from 5:30pm - till?  Members will enjoy a Ball Park buffet (hot dogs, soda, beer, wine and other sides while seated in a reserved box seat above the stadium seating!  The evening event IS LIMITED to the first 60 individuals that sign up, so please be sure to register to later than Monday, August 15th @ 12:00pm (noon - no walk ins).  Registration for the morning event has been expanded due to the nature of the program offering and the increased litigation that has been occuring in this area, so this is one you will not want to miss! 

    Parking is free for the am event, $5.00 for evening event. Members and/or guest that wish to donate a basket for our annual slient auction that will be held durign the evening event, in support of the non-profit SHRM Foundation, will recieve a free breakfast gift certificate - please present your gift basket at sign-in to recieve your free certificate for a future program offering.  For more information on the SHRM Foundation, please click on the link provided  (tax deductable - certificates provided).

    About the morning program offering: RESPONDING TO EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS.  This presentation is designed for employers and their representatives (such as attorneys and human resource professionals) with a focus on how to 1) make an effective response to employment discrimination complaints, 2) reduce liability, and 3) resolve conflicts in the workplace before they become complaints.   The presentation will include an administrative agency overview; a review of how complaints are filed, processed and investigated; potential jurisdictional issues; a comparisons between state and federal employment discrimination laws and their interaction; the relationship between local, state and federal fair employment practice agencies (such as the Washington State Human Rights Commission and the EEOC); the theories of employment discrimination used in complaints; what makes a discrimination complaint (e.g. elements  of a prima facie complaint); case law updates/how state and federal courts view of various employment discrimination issues and how those views impact complaint resolution; legal standard; best practices to reduce liability; evidentiary analysis; mixed motive cases; retaliation; types of evidence; the new disability laws in Washington State and the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA); Sexual Harassment,  Vicarious Liability and Affirmative Defense; Hostile Work Environment; reasonable care; effectively resolving complaints; case law; and scenarios for illustration, discussion and review with audience participation.  

    About the Speaker: Ms. Whitman is a Civil Rights Specialist with the Washington State Human Rights Commission, where she began as an investigator 10 years ago. Her work includes:

    • Presentations, trainings and outreach on the Law Against Discrimination with expertise in employment and public accommodation;
    • Consultation and support to agency staff and management in case processing, legal updates and analysis, and agency operations and services;
    • Technical assistance to businesses, government agencies, human resource and legal professionals regarding compliance with the Law Against Discrimination.

    Prior to joining the Human Rights Commission, Ms. Whitman graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School and worked as a judicial clerk.  Ms. Whitman also has worked in law enforcement, served in the Air Force Reserves, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin College of Letters and Science Honors Program. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. 

    We hope you will join us for both events.  This evening event will replace the Silent Auction that is typically held in November of each year.  To register for the AM and PM events, please click here:

    REGISTER NOW (AM Event or AM & PM Event)

    REGISTER NOW - PM (BAll Park/Silent Auction) Event ONLY



    Kimberly O'Neil, VP/Programs,SPHR, SHRP