Janet Emerson Bashen is an American inventor, entrepreneur, and business consultant. Bashen is the first African American woman to receive a patent for a web-based equal employment opportunity (EEO) software invention and was inducted into the Black Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007. Bashen is the founder and President of Bashen Corporation, a human resources consulting firm with a market niche in EEO compliance. In May 2000, Bashen testified before Congress regarding the effects of the Federal Trade Commission opinion letter on third-party discrimination investigations. With Congressional help from Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, The Society for Human Resource Management and The Chamber of Commerce, Bashen played as a key role in changing the legislation.
Started in 1994, 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, Bashen had to establish immediate credibility with prospective clients. These entities had to be persuaded that Bashen Corporation’s services would forever transform the way equal employment opportunity and fair employment practices concerns were investigated. With over 25 years of consulting experience, Bashen is considered an industry expert in fair employment practices, which include: discrimination investigations, EEO compliance, affirmative action, training, and diversity inclusion strategies. Ms. Bashen’s vision created a cottage industry for HR/Diversity/EEO “insourcing.”