The Employment Round Tables

Creating awareness of the problems of discrimination, harassment and retaliation in employment
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The Employment Round Tables

How it all started

The Employment Round Tables were begun in 1983 in partnership with the California Civil Rights Department (CRD) then known as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). The Employment Round Tables are composed of volunteers from businesses, public and private employers, and from labor organizations. Their purpose is to create an awareness of the problems of discrimination, harassment and retaliation in employment. The goal of the Employment Round Tables is to reduce discrimination and promote equal opportunity.

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The objective of the Employment Round Tables are to:

  1. Enhance communications between the Department and the public.
  2. Provide forums that promote education, advocacy and understanding of anti-discrimination laws and practices.
  3. Initiate cooperative programs that preserve civil rights and expand equal opportunity in employment.

The Employment Round Tables provide:

  • Seminars and conferences on discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in employment.
  • Information on CRD activities.
  • Counseling and other assistance to small employers
  • Special projects in response to public educational needs.
  • Technical advice and input to CRD on its procedures.

Events & Webinars

Fair Chance Hiring: What Employers Need to Know

A Northern California Employment Roundtable Presentation


  • Rashida Harmon, Senior Counsel Education and Outreach, Civil Rights Department
  • Erika Frank, Of Counsel, Shaw Law Group
  • Conra Frazier, Assistant Vice Chancellor & EEO Director of Equity and Equal Protection, UC Santa Cruz


  • Kanitra Lopez, Director of People and Experience at the Woman’s Foundation California

Highlights of this Live Webinar:

  • Overview of Fair Chance Act
  • Best Practices during hiring and recruitment phase
  • Using and Equity Lens alongside legal guidelines in consideration of how and when a candidate’s criminal history is relevant in hiring decisions to eliminate bias
  • Employee recourse and basis for employee complaints under the Fair Chance Act


  • Date: 11/16/2022
  • Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
  • Cost: $20*

*Approved for 1.5 hour MCLE. Includes Elimination of Bias Credit

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About Us

NCERT Board Members

NCERT’s committed board of directors and board members help us deliver on our mission and vision. We are pleased to acknowledge and thank them for their continued support of the organization.


Michael Hui
Attorney at Law
Littler Mendelson

Rhonda Nelson Headshot


Rhonda L. Nelson
Shareholder, Employment Practice Group
Chairperson – Severson & Werson


Stefany Chadbon-Hooke
Vice President & Chief People & Places
SafeAmerica Credit Union

Portrait of Shaye Schrick


Shaye Schrick
Partner, Employment Law
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler LLP

Kristine Beckley Portrait

Board Member

Kristine Beckley
Assistant Chief Counsel | CalRecycle

Board Member

Kathryn Collins
Senior Director, Human Resources | Compass Group

Board Member

Megan Donaghey
Of Counsel | Shaw Law Group

Board Member

Roberta Etcheverry
President | DMG: Diversified Management Group

Board Member

Conra Frazier
Assistant Vice Chancellor & EEO Director | UC Santa Cruz

Board Member

Julie Ann Giammona
Of Counsel | Ferber Law

Margaret Grover portrait

Board Member

Margaret Grover
Mediator/Investigator | Grover Workplace Solutions

Board Member

Carla Hartley
Employment Attorney & HR Advisor | Dillingham & Murphy, LLP

Board Member

Armando Lopez
People and Culture Leader | Philz Coffee

portrait of Kanitra Lopez

Board Member

Kanitra Lopez
Director of People and Experience | Women’s Foundation California

Board Member

Ernie Mejia
Attorney | Constangy Brooks Smith and Prophete

Board Member

Maria Ontiveros
Professor & Dean’s Circle Scholar & Co-Director of the Work Law & Justice Program | USF

Board Member

Andrea Kelly Smethurst
Attorney / Workplace Investigator | Andrea Kelly Smethurst Law, P.C.

Board Member

Gregory Toler
Champion of People and Culture | Sack Properties

Board Member

James Wu
Managing Counsel, Employment Litigation | Tesla

Board Member

Susan Zeme
Attorney at Law | Susan Zeme Employment Law

Ex Officio

Kevin Kish
Director | California Civil Rights Department

Ex Officio

Selena Wong
Regional Administrator | California Civil Rights Department

Our Commitment to Accessibility:

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Get In Touch

For questions about NCERT,
please contact the current NCERT Secretary,
shaye shrick at