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"As a black girl growing up in the segregated South, I asked my parents many questions about race and discrimination. They didn’t have any answers and this persistent curiosity started a life-long quest to try to understand our country’s historical struggle with racial issues. My passion for EEO evolved into a business interest that now includes a comprehensive practice dedicated to EEO compliance initiatives.”"

– Janet Bashen
President and CEO of Bashen Corporation

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Bashen Corporation Headquarters
Address: 2603 Augusta Dr, Suite 200
                 Houston, TX 77057
Toll-Free: 1-800-994-1554
Toll-Free Fax: 1-800-994-1552
Telephone: 713-780-8056
Fax: 713-780-8206
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Independent Fact-Finders

Bashen Bashen Corporation is an independent and privately owned organization contracted by CMS to perform neutral investigations of workplace harassment allegations. Bashen Corporation is the nation’s leading human resource consulting firm specializing in fair employment practices investigations for both federal and private sector organizations. Bashen has successfully managed over 34,000 complaints, has a strong commitment to workplace fairness, and conducts thorough and impartial investigations of workplace harassment allegations. If you feel you have been harassed, you may file an allegation with Bashen Corporation through any of the LinkLine submission channels described on this site.

Bashen Vetted Under Public Trust

Bashen Vetted Under Public TrustBashen was recently vetted by Homeland Security under Public Trust and provides EEO investigative services to the Transportation Security Administration, which includes all airports in the United States. Bashen’s Executive staff, Technical staff, Investigators and Administrators went through extensive background checks to ensure Bashen is an equitable, reliable, and principled corporation that will protect sensitive and confidential information.


Janet Emerson Bashen is the founder and President of Bashen Corporation ("Bashen"). With over 25 years consulting experience, Ms. Bashen is considered an industry expert in EEO Compliance which includes: investigations, affirmative action, training, and diversity inclusion strategies. Established in 1994, Ms. Bashen built the business from her home office with no money, one client and a fervent commitment to succeed. As an African-American businesswoman competing with legions of capitalized law firms and other consulting firms, Ms Bashen’s goal was to establish immediate credibility with prospective clients. These entities had to be persuaded that Bashen’s services would forever transform the way EEO and Fair Employment Practices concerns are successfully managed. Today, Bashen is the brand for human resources and labor and employment consulting. Collectively, Ms. Bashen and her staff have investigated over 34,000 EEO claims comprising charges of discrimination from both state, local and the EEOC. Ms. Bashen’s experience also includes many high profile systemic, pattern and practice/class action claims.


National Recognitions and Awards

Janet Bashen and Bashen Corporation are continually recognized nationally for important business achievements. In May 2000, Ms. Bashen testified before Congress regarding the affect of the FTC opinion letter on third party discrimination investigations. Ms. Bashen and Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee were key figures in the change in legislation. In October 2002, Bashen Corporation was named one of America’s entrepreneurial growth leaders by Inc. Magazine in its annual Inc. 500 ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, with an increase in sales of 552 percent. In October 2003, Bashen received the Pinnacle Award from the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce for success in business. Ms. Bashen was also the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Crystal Award for achievement in business presented by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. She was featured in the October 2004 issue of Eclipse Magazine highlighting her business successes. In January 2006, Ms. Bashen became the first African-American female in United States’ history to hold a patent for a software invention. The patented software, LinkLine®, is a web-based application for EEO claims intake, claims management and tracking that features custom reporting features. Ms. Bashen was inducted to the Black Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007 along side inventors such as: George Washington Carver [peanut products], Madame C.J. Walker [beauty and hair care products], and Garrett Augustus Morgan [traffic signal]. In 2008 and 2009, Bashen Corporation was named as one of’s Top 500 Minority Owned Businesses in the United States. Ms. Bashen’s experience with Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity makes her a sought after lecturer and motivational speaker. She is a frequent lecturer on equal employment opportunity and fair employment practices, participating as a featured speaker for organizations such as the: EEOC, American Association for Affirmative Action, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Society for Human Resources (“SHRM”), State Bar of Texas – Labor and Employment Section, National Association of Negro Women in Business and many others. Ms. Bashen has been interviewed by numerous television and radio programs, including CNN and Business Talk Radio and is featured in articles written by respected print publications, such as: The Houston Chronicle, the Detroit News, Eclipse Magazine and the Texas Bar Association.


Training & Articles

Ms. Bashen has conducted training and written numerous white papers and Industry articles regarding EEO, Diversity, Fair Employment Practices and Affirmative Action:

  • Advanced EEO for Supervisors and Managers, Part II - 2010
  • The ABC’s of EEO for Supervisors and Managers, Part II - 2010
  • EEO Process Mapping Part II, “A Narrow and Winding Road” - 2010
  • The EEO SWOT – “Measuring Your Organization’s Strengths, Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats - 2010
  • Measuring the Real Cost of EEO and Workplace Claims - 2010
  • “Generations Apart, Part II” – Age is Not Just a Number - 2010
  • The EEOC’s New Mission: “Enforcement, Enforcement and Enforcement” - 2010
  • President Obama and the EEOC – New Administration, New Attitude and New Dollars, “What’s an Agency to Do?” - 2010
  • Diversity Investment Plans “DIP” – What is Your ROI? - 2009
  • Privilege Is Not Yours Alone - 2009
  • Software as a Service (“SaaS”) The SaaS Application and Why it’s Important to EEOC Investigative Process - 2009
  • “Generations Apart” – Diversity for the Generations - 2008
  • Building a Strategic Affirmative Action Plan
  • Designing an EEO Business Initiative, “It’s all in the Plan” - May 2008
  • Avoiding Systemic Claims - 2008
  • The EEO Business Plan - 2008
  • Diversity Process Mapping - 2007
  • The Color of Diversity, Race Codes – “It's All in the Mix” - 2007
  • EEO Process Mapping, “A Narrow and Winding Road” - December 2006
  • Fair Employment Practices – It Affects the Bottom Line! - 2006
  • Equal Employment Opportunity – The Real Meaning 40 Years Later! - 2006
  • Best Practices for Managing Diversity - 2002
  • Solving the Affirmative Employment Maze - 2004
  • LinkLine, A Look at Technology and EEO - 2001
  • Diversity Training for Employees and Front-Line Managers - 2001
  • Advanced EEO for Supervisors and Managers - 2000
  • The Life Cycle of A Discrimination Complaint - 1999
  • The ABC’s of EEO for Supervisors and Managers - 1998


Professional, Civic, Social and Civil Rights Organizations Memberships

  • National Urban League
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (“NAACP”)
  • National Organization for Women (“NOW”)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”)
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society (“PLUS”)
  • American Society for Training and Development
  • Houston Society Healthcare Human Resources Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Council (“NELC”)
  • League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Houston Women’s Business Council
  • Houston Minority Business Council
  • American Association of Affirmative Action
  • American Bar Association (Associate Member)


Community Service

Ms. Bashen maintains a very strong community commitment and was most recently on the Board of Directors for the North Harris Montgomery County Community College District Foundation, chairs the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., and is a Board member of the PrepProgram, a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing at-risk student athletes for college. Ms. Bashen is also on the Board of Visitors for Alabama A&M University, one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (“HBCU”).

  • Prep Program
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • North Harris Montgomery County Community College District Foundation
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Operation ReachBack, Inc.
  • The Houston Area Women’s Shelter
  • Rainbow Kids
  • Special Olympics
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • DePelchin Children’s Center
  • Donation of Computers to College Students
  • AIDS Foundation



Ms. Bashen’s educational background includes a degree in legal studies and government from the University of Houston, and postgraduate studies at Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Administration Executive Program. Ms. Bashen is also a graduate of Harvard University’s “Women and Power: Leadership in a New World”.