Webinar on Navigating the Workplace

Webinar info on Navigating the Workplace

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Webinar on Thursday April 29th, 2021, 3:00 to 4:30 P.M. ET

Join us for an educational webinar on employment, Successful Strategies for Navigating the Workplace as A Person with Epilepsy or As an Employer, on April 29, 2021.


“Successful Strategies for Navigating the Workplace as A Person with Epilepsy or As an Employer”

  • Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m. ET

This webinar will help you:

  • Learn how to successfully navigate the reasonable accommodation process
  • Learn the rules regarding disclosure during the pre and post offer phases of the hiring process
  • Learn the about qualification standards that include safe performance
  • Learn about return-to-work issues


Allison Nichol

Allison Nichol, Esq.
Director of Legal Advocacy
Epilepsy Foundation of America

Before joining the Epilepsy Foundation as its Director of Legal Advocacy, Allison Nichol had the privilege of serving the Department of Justice for more than twenty years as both Deputy Chief and then Chief of the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division which enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also served as Special Counsel on Disability Employment to the Deputy Associate Attorney General for Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of the Associate Attorney General.

Ms. Nichol served as a member of the Executive Staff of the Attorney General’s Diversity Management Advisory Council and liaison to the Attorney General’s Committee on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities. She also teaches Disability Discrimination at Georgetown Law School. She is a nationally recognized expert on the ADA and Employment Law.

Joyce Walker-Jones

Joyce Walker-Jones
Senior Attorney Advisor
Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Joyce Walker-Jones is a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) headquarters in Washington, DC. She advises the Commission on the interpretation and application of the statutes it enforces, including Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. She assisted in drafting amendments to the Commission’s ADA regulations on the definition of disability and was the principal drafter of several ADA enforcement and technical assistance documents. Ms. Walker-Jones has made hundreds of presentations to private and public sector attorneys, managers, employees, and human resources staff on a wide range of issues, including most recently COVID-19 and the EEO laws and managing employee medical information. She also has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, and USA Today.

Ms. Walker-Jones has served as a special assistant to two EEOC Commissioners and as a government fellow on the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. A graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, IL, she has been an attorney at the EEOC since 1987.

Mary O'Neill

Mary O’Neill
Regional Attorney
Phoenix District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Mary O’Neill is the Regional Attorney of the Phoenix District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which includes Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. She currently manages a legal staff of approximately 20 employees, litigates employment discrimination cases in federal court in the five states Mary Jo has responsibility for and advises her enforcement colleagues on EEOC investigations. She and her staff enforce the federal anti-discrimination statutes in federal courts, which include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies in 1976. Following graduating cum laude from the University of Arizona Law School in 1979, Mary Jo clerked for an appellate judge for a year and then represented indigent Native Americans individually and in groups at the Urban Indian Law Project, first as a Reginald Heber Fellow.

Mary Jo is the past Chair of the Labor Section of the Arizona State Bar Association and is very active in the Arizona National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) chapter. She is also the current past President of the Morris Institute for Justice, a non-profit legal organization that advocates for poor Arizonans in the legislature, within governmental organizations, and in court. Ms. O’Neill was honored by the Arizona State Bar Association as Employment and Labor Lawyer of the Year in 2018.

In 1986, Mary Jo began working at the EEOC as a Trial Attorney, then as a Supervisory Trial Attorney, until she was selected as the Phoenix District Regional Attorney in 2002. While at the EEOC, Mary Jo has litigated over countless cases, conducted jury trials, and has negotiated many complex and difficult nationwide settlements, including the global settlement of the EEOC’s cases filed against Wal-Mart Inc. under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the nationwide gender promotion case against Outback Steakhouse, Inc., the nationwide race and national origin harassment case against Patterson Drilling-UTI Energy, the nationwide race discrimination case against Jackson National Life Insurance Company, the equal pay case against the University of Denver Law School, and the nationwide disability case against American Airlines, Inc.

Mary Jo has also been selected to be a frequent trainer for EEOC lawyers and investigative staff on skills and substantive subjects, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment, discovery training, trial skills, deposition skills, new lawyer training, and negotiation training. She is also a frequent speaker for the state, local, and national bar associations, employer groups, human resources’ associations and community-based organizations on federal anti-discrimination laws and the EEOC.

Support for This Webinar Was Provided in Part by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Note: Presenters cannot address individual medical concerns and cannot provide individual advice.

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