Commissioner Chai Feldblum

Commissioner Chai Feldblum Discrimination-buster; 1st out lesbian EEOC Commissioner; lives w/hidden disability of anxiety disorder; former Georgetown Law prof Chai Feldblum was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the EEOC by President Barack Obama, and was confirmed by the Senate, for a term ending on July 1, 2013.

Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, Commissioner Feldblum was a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center where she has taught since 1991. At Georgetown, she founded the Law Center’s Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, which represented clients such as Catholic Charities USA, the National Disability Rights Network, and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. She also founded and co-directed Workplace Flexibility 2010, a policy enterprise focused on finding common ground between employers and employees on workplace flexibility issues. As Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union from 1988 to 1991, Commissioner Feldblum played a leading role in helping to draft and negotiate the ground-breaking Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Later, as a law professor representing the Epilepsy Foundation, she was equally instrumental in the drafting and negotiating of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Commissioner Feldblum has also worked to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, has been one of the drafters of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and is the first openly lesbian Commissioner of the EEOC. She clerked for Judge Frank Coffin of the First Circuit Court of Appeals and for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun after receiving her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She received her B.A. degree from Barnard College.

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01/03/2019

Today at noon my commission on the EEOC expires. What a wonderful almost nine-year run I have had! I will always be grateful for the wonderful colleagues I have served with on the Commission (chronologically): Jacqueline Berrien, Victoria Lipnic, Stuart Ishimaru, Connie Barker, Jenny Yang, Charlotte Burrows and GC David Lopez. I have been blessed to meet and work with hundreds of dedicated and awesome EEOC staff people across the country. (My heart goes out to them now as they suffer the effects of the government shutdown.) Thank you to everyone who worked so hard for my confirmation. We certainly gave it our best shot. Now is the time to fight even harder for diversity, safety, and equity. There is no other way!

We must support employees who are witnesses in employment discrimination cases. How will we ever make change otherwise? ...
11/21/2018
EEOC Sues Kansas City Wedding Venue for Retaliation Against Black Employee

We must support employees who are witnesses in employment discrimination cases. How will we ever make change otherwise? http://ow.ly/mQ6l30mF41X

ST. LOUIS - 28 Event Space, LLC, a popular Kansas City, Mo., wedding event space in the Crossroads district, violated federal law by retaliating against a black employee for supporting a coworker's claims of race discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a la...

Launch of an online inquiry & appointment system through an EEOC Public Portal resulted in a 30% increase in inquiries a...
11/19/2018
EEOC Ramps up Outreach and Enforcement in FY 2018 to Address Workplace Discrimination

Launch of an online inquiry & appointment system through an EEOC Public Portal resulted in a 30% increase in inquiries and over 40,000 intake interviews this past fiscal year. I worked for that portal for years! http://ow.ly/3eKV30mF3pE

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) responded to a significant increase this past fiscal year in calls, emails and online inquiries concerning potential discrimination claims and high demand for its new Respectful Workplaces Training Program. The increased demand is...

EEOC got over 554,000 calls and emails about potential discrimination claims in this past fiscal year.  And we fielded t...
11/19/2018
EEOC Ramps up Outreach and Enforcement in FY 2018 to Address Workplace Discrimination

EEOC got over 554,000 calls and emails about potential discrimination claims in this past fiscal year. And we fielded them all. http://ow.ly/od6730mF3iN

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) responded to a significant increase this past fiscal year in calls, emails and online inquiries concerning potential discrimination claims and high demand for its new Respectful Workplaces Training Program. The increased demand is...

Kesi Stribling of Ask the Strategist has a great summary of the testimony at our recent Commission hearing on revamping ...
11/05/2018
EEOC Shares Workplace Harassment Report Results Amid #MeToo Movement

Kesi Stribling of Ask the Strategist has a great summary of the testimony at our recent Commission hearing on revamping workplace culture to prevent harassment. The piece also has good links to resources at the end. (The other guest contributors to Kesi's blog seem interesting and diverse. I will be checking it out.) http://ow.ly/tfNF30mvgLH

Amid the #MeToo momentum, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held a public meeting today in DC to share key takeaways from its 2016 Workplace Harassment Report and hear testimony from…

EEOC sues Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, PA. “Older workers are often forced out of their jobs because of age-based...
10/24/2018
EEOC Sues Llanerch Country Club For  Age Discrimination

EEOC sues Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, PA. “Older workers are often forced out of their jobs because of age-based stereotypes, particularly in physically demanding fields such as landscaping where there tends to be a discriminatory preference for younger workers." This person was 59 years old—my age. http://ow.ly/5KRW30mlJRt

PHILADELPHIA - Llanerch Country Club (LCC), in Havertown, Pa., violated federal law by discriminating against a long-term groundskeeper because of his age, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

EEOC sues Loflin Fabrication under the ADA. “Pursuant to its ‘prescription policy,’ Loflin required all its employees, r...
10/24/2018
EEOC Sues Loflin Fabrication for Improper Medical Inquiry Under the Americans With Disabilities Act

EEOC sues Loflin Fabrication under the ADA. “Pursuant to its ‘prescription policy,’ Loflin required all its employees, regardless of job duties, to give the company a copy of all medical prescriptions.” Really?? http://ow.ly/vCtS30mlJNc

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Loflin Fabrication LLC, a North Carolina limited liability company, violated federal law when it made an improper medical inquiry and terminated an office manager for failing to provide the company with a copy of a prescription for a legally prescribed medication, the U.S. Equal Em...

“Subjecting an employee to disparate discipline, unequal terms and conditions of employment, and termination because of ...
10/24/2018
EEOC Sues DSW Shoe Warehouse For Race Discrimination

“Subjecting an employee to disparate discipline, unequal terms and conditions of employment, and termination because of the employee's race are abhorrent employment practices that violate Title VII.” EEOC sues DSW Shoe Warehouse for race discrimination. http://ow.ly/YExY30mlJJi

CLEVELAND - DSW Shoe Warehouse Inc., a nationwide shoe retailer headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, violated federal law by intentionally subjecting a former assistant manager to racial discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed on Sept. 26, 20...

Judgment entered against TRU Trucking. "The EEOC will not tolerate intentional breaches by any company who participates ...
10/23/2018
Judgment Entered Against TRU Towing for Breaching EEOC Settlement Agreement

Judgment entered against TRU Trucking. "The EEOC will not tolerate intentional breaches by any company who participates in the EEOC mediation program . . . We want to send a clear message the EEOC will file suit to obtain compliance with its settlement agreements." https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/10-22-18.cfm

NEW ORLEANS - A U.S. District Court on Tuesday entered judgment against a New Orleans based towing company for failing to respond to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for breaching an EEOC mediation agreement of a pregnancy discrimination charge.

"What all this tells us is that we have to work harder, with steely determination to ensure employment opportunity for  ...
10/23/2018
National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2018

"What all this tells us is that we have to work harder, with steely determination to ensure employment opportunity for Americans [with disabilities]. And, it all comes back to a core principle . . . : When you overlook, underestimate, and, yes, harm people with disabilities, you're disrespecting and harming America and its values." Our EEOC Chair Victoria Lipnic. https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/chair/ndeam_2018.cfm

"America's Workforce: Empowering All" is the official theme for this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

It’s always important to focus on the injunctive relief as well as the monetary relief. In this case, crew leaders will ...
10/19/2018
Floyds Equipment to Pay $25,000 To Settle EEOC Racial Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

It’s always important to focus on the injunctive relief as well as the monetary relief. In this case, crew leaders will conduct quarterly jobsite "toolbox talks" with employees about the company's antidiscrimination policies & the process for reporting discrimination both to the company & the EEOC. Good job. http://ow.ly/8xlB30mi40J

ST. LOUIS -- Floyd's Equipment Inc., a Sikeston, Mo. contractor, has agreed to pay $25,000 and furnish other relief to settle an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

We don't have that many cases of employers violating GINA, the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, by asking abo...
10/19/2018
SMS Group to Pay up to $62,000 to Resolve EEOC Discrimination Finding

We don't have that many cases of employers violating GINA, the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, by asking about family medical history. But when they do, EEOC is there to stop it. http://ow.ly/AmBd30mi3JE

  INDIANAPOLIS - SMS Group Inc., formerly known as SMS  Technical Services, LLC and SMS Millcraft LLC, headquartered in Cranberry  Township Pennsylvania has agreed to resolve a disability and genetic  information non-discrimination charge filed by the Indianapolis District  Office of the U.S. E...

This is an incredibly important settlement. Sherwood Food Distributors will pay $3.2 million to a class of women identif...
10/18/2018
Sherwood Food Distributors to Pay $3.6 Million And Offer 150 Jobs To Settle EEOC Class Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

This is an incredibly important settlement. Sherwood Food Distributors will pay $3.2 million to a class of women identified by EEOC AND hire at least 150 women identified during the claims process. This can be REAL change. Women in warehouses -- yes! http://ow.ly/aBnG30mi3uU

CLEVELAND - Sherwood Food Distributors, LLC, one of the largest independent distributors in the U.S. meat and food industry, will pay $3.6 million and provide other relief to settle a class sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Awesome line-up of witnesses for our Oct 31 EEOC meeting on revamping workplace culture including: David Bowman, from th...
10/18/2018
EEOC Convenes Public Meeting on Steps to Transform Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment

Awesome line-up of witnesses for our Oct 31 EEOC meeting on revamping workplace culture including: David Bowman, from the law firm Morgan Lewis, Rob Buelow from the training company EVERFI; Mary Gentile, from Giving Voice to Values/ University of Virginia, Darden School of Business http://ow.ly/smxn30mhXZV

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, October 31, from 9:30 a.m. to noon ET at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. The meeting, entitled "Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment," will be open to....

Please spread the news far and wide. I am so excited about the Commission meeting we are having on October 31 on Revampi...
10/18/2018
EEOC Convenes Public Meeting on Steps to Transform Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment

Please spread the news far and wide. I am so excited about the Commission meeting we are having on October 31 on Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment. YES! https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/10-18-18a.cfm

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, October 31, from 9:30 a.m. to noon ET at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. The meeting, entitled "Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment," will be open to....

EEOC sues A Plus Care Solutions for requiring female employees to sign a policy terminating their employment at the fift...
10/17/2018
A Plus Care Solutions Sued by EEOC For Pregnancy Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges

EEOC sues A Plus Care Solutions for requiring female employees to sign a policy terminating their employment at the fifth month of pregnancy. Even for a job with manual labor, this is not the way to go! And not much help to modify the policy to require female employees to relieve A Plus from workplace injuries incurred during pregnancy. http://ow.ly/vpy830mebBl

Jackson, Tenn. - A Plus Care Solutions, a supplier of direct support professional caregivers to disabled clients, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with an unlawful pregnancy policy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed September 27, 201...

These facts are so upsetting. Men shouldn’t do this to women, and women shouldn’t do it to women! “According to the EEOC...
10/16/2018
EEOC Sues Bisconti Farms, Inc. For Sexual Harassment  And Retaliation

These facts are so upsetting. Men shouldn’t do this to women, and women shouldn’t do it to women! “According to the EEOC's lawsuit, from 2007 to 2015, a female manager at Bisconti Farms subjected female workers, who worked in various positions including as box counters, box markers, or mushroom pickers, to repeated sexual harassment. The harassment included frequent and unwelcome touching of female workers' intimate areas, including breasts and vagina, repeated and frequent slapping on the buttocks, and subjecting some women to unwelcome kissing. Bisconti Farms retaliated against one of the workers who opposed the sexual harassment by disciplining her, demoting her, or reassigning her to different and undesirable work.” http://ow.ly/B8Ba30mebsd

PHILADELPHIA - Bisconti Farms, Inc., a mushroom farm in Temple, Pa., violated federal law when it subjected female workers to sexual harassment and retaliated against one worker because she opposed the harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announ...

Assume someone asks for six weeks of leave for surgery and recovery time. Don't just say no & fire the person! Engage in...
10/16/2018
EEOC Sues Rancho San Miguel Market for Disability Discrimination

Assume someone asks for six weeks of leave for surgery and recovery time. Don't just say no & fire the person! Engage in the ADA's interactive process to figure out if this is a reasonable accommodation that won't impose an undue hardship. http://ow.ly/YU4C30mebgK

FRESNO - Local grocery outlet, PAQ, Inc., dba Rancho San Miguel Market, violated federal law when it fired a deli clerk after she requested an accommodation for a disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced in a lawsuit filed today.

If you're 60 years old and looking for a job, things can be tough. At least EEOC can be there in some cases--fighting fo...
10/16/2018
Tennessee Restaurant Group, LLC D/B/A DG Grill & Chill Sued by EEOC For Age Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges

If you're 60 years old and looking for a job, things can be tough. At least EEOC can be there in some cases--fighting for your rights. http://ow.ly/r7c930meaIc

Bellevue, Tenn. - Tennessee Restaurant Group, LLC, a DQ Grill & Chill franchisee with offices in Bellevue, TN, violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 by routinely failing to hire employees over the age of forty, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a....

Basic, simple, glaring pay disparity between women and men doing the same job (in this case, nursing) remains a huge pro...
10/16/2018
Interim Healthcare of Wyoming Sued by EEOC For  Sex-Based Pay Discrimination

Basic, simple, glaring pay disparity between women and men doing the same job (in this case, nursing) remains a huge problem. We must address it. http://ow.ly/DkZD30meaCk

CASPER, Wyo. - Interim Healthcare of Wyoming violated federal law by paying female nurses lower wages than a significantly less experienced male counterpart because of sex, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed on Friday, Sept 28 the agency announced toda...

EEOC sues NDI Office Furniture for systematically refusing to hire women at its warehouse. 90 male employees; no women; ...
10/16/2018
EEOC Sues NDI Office Furniture, LLC For Sex Discrimination and Retaliation

EEOC sues NDI Office Furniture for systematically refusing to hire women at its warehouse. 90 male employees; no women; a woman applies and is told NDI does not hire women for its warehouse; she complains to corporate HQ & her son (who works for NDI) is fired. EEOC shows up, as it will. http://ow.ly/NwS330meaxq

Furniture Distributor Refused to Hire Women for Warehouse Work and Fired Female Applicant's Son After She Complained About Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges

Being fired because you're pregnant hurts on so many levels. If we care about women's equality, we need to care about th...
10/15/2018
EEOC Sues Rainbow USA For Pregnancy Discrimination

Being fired because you're pregnant hurts on so many levels. If we care about women's equality, we need to care about this. http://ow.ly/Jpip30meatH

NEW ORLEANS-Rainbow USA Inc., a specialty apparel chain, violated federal law when it terminated a manager upon becoming aware of her pregnancy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged in a lawsuit on Friday, Sept 28 the agency announced today.

EEOC will fight sexual harassment wherever we find it. In this case--a female supervisor harassing a female subordinate....
10/15/2018
EEOC Sues Koelsch Senior Communities for Same-Sex Sexual Harassment

EEOC will fight sexual harassment wherever we find it. In this case--a female supervisor harassing a female subordinate. It's never ok. http://ow.ly/fq2o30mealg

SEATTLE - Olympia, Wash.-based Koelsch Senior Communities, LLC, which provides assisted living and other care facilities for seniors, violated federal law by allowing a female supervisor to sexually harass a female employee, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsui...

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Why should government shutdown stop? Corruption. Precedent is Sun Diamond Growers where Supreme Court defines corruption as a "Gift in exchange for political act." So wall, DACA, for federal employment is not only employment discrimination but also corruption which is illegal! An appropriations bill should be voted on separate from a budget as deal-making might be corruption? Here is why this was a concern of mine? I heard Senator Bradley and others were going to attend Rostenkowski Budget Chair's funeral a few years back at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and I got to sing "Battle Hymn of the Republic." It is a cool song to sing if you ever tried. James T. Struck BA, BS, aA, MLIS PO BOX 61 Evanston IL 60204
Sorry. We’ll be fighting your nomination to the end.
Commissioner Feldblum, I would like to ask you some questions regarding the Federal Annual EEO Reports, collected by the EEOC. These reports were previously included into the EEOC's website; however, since I questioned what was happening to Federal Agency Heads who were in non-compliance with EEO requirements, the reports stopped being posted on the website. When pushed for a better response as to why nothing was being done when there were multiple agencies not in compliance with basic EEO requirements, the response from EEOC OFO was 1) we don't have enough personnel to monitor every agency, and 2) we have no ability to do anything since the EEOC doesn't have the power over the political appointees. The most interesting response to my concerns was to simply stop posting the reports of Federal non-compliance to the EEOC website. After not seeing a Federal Annual EEO Report since 2012, I finally wrote to the OFO last year and again inquired into why the report was not posted. After multiple inquiries without a response, I was told (and I quote), "Ms. Dawson, We have been told that the Annual Reports you seek are still with the Commissioners awaiting approval. Attorney of the Day Office of Federal Operations EEOC" I followed up with the question...how many years does it take the Commission to review these reports, since the last one posted was 2012. Again, no response. These reports previously were posted soon after they were collected (after the year end). I have started the search for an answer again and began with an inquiry via the EEOC website - again no response whatsoever. Today I sent a request regarding the reports directly to the OFO; however, I do not expect an answer. I worked for the US Dept. of Labor/OFCCP as an Area Director and I truly can't imagine that we would ever be allowed to ignore questions about compliance such as this. Please let me know how I can contact you or someone in the EEOC who can explain why these reports are no longer made public through the EEOC's website...and if it is true that the Commissioners are simply sitting on 4 years of reports and still reviewing them, as explained by the OFO? Thank you for your time and attention to what should have always been a fairly simple request and answer. Respectfully, Carol Dawson