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ADA, EEOC resolve charges of discrimination

April 21, 2017 The American Dental Association has entered into agreements to resolve charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission arising from the severance of the ADA's former chief counsel and director of human resources in 2010.

The ADA believes the claims made by the former employees are without merit, but recognizes that reasons for settling "weigh in favor of an amicable resolution without recourse to trial," Craig Busey, ADA's general counsel, said in an April 19 communication to the House of Delegates. "We continue to believe that settling this matter without the necessity for a trial is in the best interests of the Association," he stated.

The EEOC settlement includes payments to the former employees that are covered by ADA's insurance and are not paid from the Association's assets.  As is typical of EEOC settlements, the agreements also call for conducting employee training on relevant aspects of federal labor and employment law.