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The EEO laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, continue to apply during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this webinar, EEOC Miami District Trial Attorney Carmen Manrara Cartaya will discuss recent guidance published by EEOC and steps that can help employers implement strategies to navigate the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace.

In this session you will learn:

  • How the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as other EEO laws, apply during the pandemic
  • How to navigate the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace
  • Guidance related to topics such as disability-related inquiries and medical examinations, hiring and onboarding during the pandemic, reasonable accommodation and more


Carmen Manrara Cartaya is a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the Miami District Office. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") is charged with the enforcement of federal laws against employment discrimination including, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), and the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA).

In 2017, Carmen received the Daily Business Review’s designation as one of South Florida’s Most Effective Lawyers in employment law for her work in obtaining a $2.5 million settlement for 17 Haitian dishwashers, along with substantial injunctive relief across five hotel properties operated by the SBE Hotel Group in Miami.

Before joining the EEOC, Carmen was a Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Miami. In her private practice, she worked on complex civil litigation and international arbitration cases, representing clients in their most critical disputes in various areas, including construction, energy, telecommunications, and employment. As a fully bilingual lawyer, Carmen represented clients before arbitral bodies in both English and Spanish, and has represented clients in state and federal court related to employment, securities litigation, and breach of contract matters.

In the community, Carmen serves on the Finance and Government Committee for Friends of The Underline—working to develop a 10-mile linear park and urban trail below Miami's Metrorail. Carmen has also worked as a court-appointed guardian ad litem in domestic violence and divorce proceedings, and as an attorney ad litem representing clients in dependency court.

Carmen started her legal career clerking for The Honorable Chief Judge Federico A. Moreno, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida. During law school at University of Florida, Carmen was a member of The Journal of Technology Law and Policy. She attended Boston College and received her degree in Sociology, magna cum laude and Phi Betta Kappa.




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