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Debra Milstein Gardner presents to the MD Tech Council


Debra Milstein Gardner will be presenting a seminar on Employment Discrimination Charges for the Maryland Tech Council.  The seminar will be presented on September 22, 2009 from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in Rockville, MD

About the Program

It all started with a discrimination charge...

Important Notice!  If you are a woman, African American, Asian American, or Hispanic who: 1) applied for employment or management (or attempted to do so and were discouraged), or 2) were employed at an Abercrombie & Fitch store (inclduing Abercrombie kids and Hollister Stores) at any time betwen February 24, 1999, and November 16, 2004, YOUR MAY HAVE A CLAIM.  Hopefuly, you will never see a notice like this with your company name on it.

In this case, Abercrombie & Fitch had to establish a settlement fund of $40 million to provide monetary awards (15% backpay and 85% compensatory damages) to a settlement class consistig of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and women.  They also had to pay attorneys $7.25 million for fees, expenses, and costs incurred prior to the decree approval date and $600,000 for fees, expenses, and costs related to monitoring and defending the decree.

There is no guarantee that a discrimination charge won't escalate to this level, but this highly interactive class will provide you with the following tools to prepare for the eventuality of receiving a discrimination charge.

Participants will leave the class knowing the answers to the followng:

  • Did I receive a valid charge? 
  • What happens next?  What are my options for proceeding?
  • What should I communicate to the charging party's manager?
  • What do all these government acronyms mean?
  • Should I respond to all questions on the government's information request?
  • What should I include in my statement of position?