UH Manoa School of Law to host workshop by chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Mar 17, 2008

HONOLULU - The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will hold a special workshop featuring the chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Naomi Earp, on April 3, 2008, from 11:30 a.m. — 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP at (808) 956-8478 or lawevent@hawaii.edu by March 28, 2008.

The workshop agenda is as follows:

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.:
Discussion and Q&A on "Hot Topics in EEO — How is EEO Working in Hawaiʻi"

12:15-12:45 p.m.:
Light Lunch

12:45-1:30 p.m.:
"Globalization of EEO Law: In Hawaiʻi and Overseas"

President Bush selected Naomi Churchill Earp as chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Earp assumed the role of Chair of the EEOC in August 2006, after serving as Vice Chair of the Commission since April 2003. In October 2005, President Bush reappointed Earp for a second term. Her current term expires in July 2010.

In 2004, then Vice Chair Earp spearheaded EEOC‘s Youth@Work Initiative, a national outreach and education campaign designed to educate young workers about their workplace rights and responsibilities and help employers create positive work experiences for young adults. In 2007, Chair Earp spearheaded the Commission‘s E-RACE (Eradicating Racism and Colorism from Employment) Initiative, in coordination with Commissioner Stuart Ishimaru. The E-RACE Initiative is an outreach, education, and enforcement campaign implemented to advance the statutory right to a workplace free of race and color discrimination.

During her tenure at EEOC, Chair Earp has participated in several international conferences related to employment discrimination. Specifically, she has spoken in China about the role of the EEOC in the administration and enforcement of U.S workplace sexual harassment laws. She has also spoken in Serbian and the United States about Serbian anti-discrimination legislation.

Earp‘s background includes working for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Science and Technology. During her four-and-a-half years as Director of the National Institute of Health‘s Office of Equal Opportunity, she spearheaded the development of a world-class diversity initiative and a nationally recognized Alternative Dispute Resolution program.

A native of Newport News, Virginia, Earp received her bachelor‘s degree from Norfolk University; master‘s degree from Indiana University; and Juris Doctor from Catholic University‘s Columbus School of Law.