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Breakfast Series hosted by MTSU SHRM

January 25, 2019
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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MTSU Foundation House
324 W. Thompson Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

EEOC Update
Presented by Fred J. Bissinger,
Managing Member, Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC

At the end of each fiscal year, the EEOC releases statistical data about the charges it received for that year, the action taken with regard to those charges, and the enforcement action or litigation the agency ultimately pursued. Employers can use this data in conjunction with the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance to collect important information about relevant trends and how the federal agency is trying to further its agenda. The EEOC’s focus is set forth in its Strategic Enforcement Plan for the 2018-2022 fiscal years. The 2017 report reveals that despite the decrease in overall charge numbers, there is a steady stream of retaliation and harassment allegations. 

In addition to the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, launched in 2015. The recent #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have shined a light on the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, particularly those situations involving vulnerable women in low-wage industries. The 2018-2022 FY Plan lists the Commission’s strategic objective and outcome goals, which include combating and preventing employment discrimination through the strategic application of the EEOC’s law enforcement authorities, preventing employment discrimination and promoting inclusive workplaces through education and outreach and organizational excellence. 

Registration: MTSU Faculty or Student: $5; Member Registration: $20 by end of business Wednesday January 23, $25 afterwards.

This program has been awarded 1.5 hours of General HR recertification credit."MT|SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDC's) for the SHRM-CP and SHRM SCP. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit."

Biography: FREDRICK J. BISSINGER is Regional Managing Member of the Nashville, Tennessee office of the firm, which he joined in 1999.  His law practice includes an emphasis in handling employment discrimination and wrongful discharge matters at both the administrative level and in Federal and State Court litigation.  His practice also includes an emphasis on ADA and FMLA compliance, as well as general liability matters.  He received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Economics from Washington & Lee University and his law degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law.  Prior to entering private practice, Fred served in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General Corps from 1993-1997.  He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association.  Fred has an AV Preeminent® Rating - which is the highest possible rating given by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity - and he is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Employment Law/Management and Litigation/Labor & Employment. 

He served as the 2010-2011 Legislative Chair and 2012-2013 Legal Advisor for the Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management.  He also served as the 2012-2013 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair for the Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management, and the 2015-2016 Diversity and Inclusion Director for the Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management. Fred is currently serving a third term as the Legislative Chair for the Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management (2018-2019).


$25.00 Members or Non Members
$20.00 Earlybird rate before January 23