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Detroit Attorney Testifies before EEOC in Washington, D.C. on Agency’s Quality Control Plan for Investigations and Conciliations

Detroit, Mich. —March 20, 2013— Attorney Linda Burwell, a founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Washington, D.C. today as part of a round table public meeting to provide input on the agency’s Quality Control Plan (QCP) for investigations and conciliations. Nemeth Burwell was the only management side law firm in the nation invited to be among the roundtable participant groups, which included employer advocacy groups, associations and one plaintiff’s law firm.

The EEOC’s 2012-2016 Strategic Plan establishes a framework for achieving the EEOC’s mission to stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination by focusing on strategic law enforcement, education and outreach and efficiently serving the public. The second performance measure of the plan requires the EEOC to approve a QCP, which is currently being developed and is intended to revise the criteria used to measure the quality of agency investigations and conciliations throughout the nation. Key points of Ms. Burwell’s EEOC testimony were:

  • The Quality Control Plan should concentrate its efforts on the intake process and assess the clarity of the charge
  • Vague and ambiguous charges that lack specific detail slow the process, result in unnecessary disputes and confuse the issues
  • The Quality Control Plan should develop indices that measure the overall pace of the investigations.
  • The EEOC must concentrate on improving its communication with employers

A nationally recognized speaker and author on employment law, discrimination prevention and risk management, Ms. Burwell often serves as the legal expert on panels involving employment laws and workplace trends. At Nemeth Burwell, she serves as a litigator, arbitrator and consultant, representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law and EEOC matters. Ms. Burwell’s areas of expertise include wrongful discharge, discrimination, non-competition, harassment, interference with contract, equal pay, retaliation, whistleblowers, wage and hours, unfair labor practices, breach of contract, libel and slander, and invasion of privacy. She also counsels management on collective bargaining agreements, pre-employment, discipline, and pre-termination and post-termination matters.

Ms. Burwell is a board member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) and an ABA Foundation Fellow. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and is a member of the Michigan, Ohio, Federal, and the United States Supreme Court Bar. She has received numerous honors throughout her legal career and in 2010 was named one of Michigan’s 25 Leaders in the Law by the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

A transcript of the hearings, including Ms. Burwell’s testimony, will be posted on the EEOC website.

About Nemeth Burwell, P.C: Nemeth Burwell (www.nemethburwell.com) specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest women-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.
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