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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Are you prepared for their Strategic Enforcement Plan
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When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
From 7:30 until 9:30 AM
Where: The Plaza Club, 20th Floor
900 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
United States
Contact: Landon Wong

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) in 2017.  Immediately following that, employers witnessed a dramatic increase in enforcement and litigation activity by the EEOC.  The increase in this activity is a result of the SEP which spans the period of 2017 to 2021.   The purpose of SEP is to focus and coordinate the EEOC’s programs that have a sustained impact on reducing and deterring discriminatory practices in the workplace.  The priorities of SEP are described below:

  • Eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring
  • Protecting vulnerable workers, including immigrant and migrant workers, and underserved communities from discrimination
  • Addressing selected emerging and developing issues
  • Ensuring equal pay protections for all workers
  • Preserving access to the legal system
  • Preventing systemic harassment

The EEOC continues to focus on high impact systemic cases, defined as policies, patterns or practices that have a sizable impact on regions, industries, class of employees or job applicants.  Are you ready for SEP?

Join us on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:30 AM at the Plaza Club to hear from Eric Yau, Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).    Mr. Yau will review the priorities identified in SEP and discuss proactive steps to help employers ensure compliance and how to respond to a complaint.

Part 1: Understanding Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

  • What are the protected classes?
  • What Federal laws prohibit discrimination?
  • What are the theories of discrimination?
    • Disparate impact
    • Harassment
    • Retaliation
  • Enforcement

Part 2: Ensuring compliance with EEO

  • What is the Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP)?
  • How to Respond to an EEO complaint?


Eric Yau is the Honolulu-based Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  In his capacity, Mr. Yau is part of the EEOC’s Los Angeles District litigation team, which has jurisdiction for private sector federal employment discrimination cases arising out of the state of Hawaii and the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, Wake Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  Mr. Yau litigates extensively in Hawaii, Guam, California and Nevada.

Mr. Yau obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in Hawaii, California and New York.  Prior to law school, Mr. Yau graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting & Finance as well as a Master of Science in Business Administration.   

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