In EEOC v. Aerotek, Inc., Case No. 11-1349 (7th Cir. Jan. 11, 2013)(unpub.), a staffing company’s failure, within the regulatory-required five business days, to seek amendment or modification of the EEOC’s subpoena seeking certain recruitment, placement and other documents, in conjunction with a national origin-based discrimination investigation, resulted a waiver of Aerotek’s right to challenge the subpoena. This held true even though Aerotek’s challenge to the subpoena was filed within six business days, thus missing the regulatory period by only one day. So, if you receive a subpoena from the EEOC in conjunction with one of its investigations, and you seek to challenge the subpoena, you must act quickly and meet the five-day deadline set forth at 29 C.F.R. § 1601.16(b)(1).

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