Posted by Matt on April 07, 2014

The ADA National Network is pleased to announce the April 15th ADA Audio Conference Series session which will feature Joe Bontke, Outreach Manager and Ombudsman, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Houston, District Office, Houston, TX.   Mr. Bontke will tackle the issue of “Googling” Job Applicants and implications under the ADA with regard to people with disabilities.

This session will discuss how Employers are increasingly using the Internet to gather information about job applicants from social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.  This session will highlight the risks incurred as well as offer recommendations for employers when Googling information about potential employees.   Specific topics covered include:

1.    What is legally permissible in the search process;

2.    What are some of the benefits versus pitfalls by using this process; and

3.    What the motivations are for searching and methods for analyzing information obtained from the Internet.

About the presenter:  Joe Bontke is the Outreach Manager and Ombudsman for the Houston District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He currently serves as chair of the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.  Mr. Bontke has been in the field of Human Resources & Civil Rights for the past 24 years and has experience in employment law and adult education. With a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and a Master’s in Education, he has been a Human Resources Director, a Training Coordinator for the American Disabilities Act (ADA) Technical Assistance Center for Federal Region VI, was appointed as Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and served as Vice Chair of the Governor’s Committee before his appointment to Chair. Using his entertaining style, Mr. Bontke has educated groups throughout the country and most recently, his work at the EEOC has enabled him to empower employers and employees with the understanding they need to work effectively at their jobs. Mr. Bontke’s philosophy of education is that 90% of knowing is where to find the information when you need it.

Date:     April 15, 2014

Time:     2:00pm-3:30pm ET (determine the start time based on your time zone)

Cost:     Telephone Connection:   $25.00 (non-profit/government)/$40.00 (for-profit entity)

Access via Internet/Webinar Platform – No Charge

Registration:  On-line at: (you will be required to establish an account with our system if you don’t already have one)

This session will be closed captioned via the webinar platform.

Questions regarding this program can be directed to 877-232-1990 (V/TTY) or by email at

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