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Doug Kauffman, partner in the firm’s Birmingham, Ala., office and member of the Labor and Employment Section, addressed the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at the organization’s National Hispanic Heritage Month event on Sept. 24, 2014. The internal event was attended by EEOC investigators, attorneys and staff.

Mr. Kauffman discussed the pertinent need for Alabama employers to accommodate Hispanic culture in their training and policies, as well as the importance of avoiding negative cultural stereotypes. He also spoke on his involvement with the Hispanic workforce, helping employers ensure that employees are work-authorized. Furthermore, Mr. Kauffman encouraged employers to avoid assumptions about Hispanic employees, including presuming that because someone is Hispanic they only speak Spanish, are not authorized to work or require additional documentation to prove their work authorization.