General Session with Chai Feldblum & Victoria Lipnic of the EEOC

SHRM 2013 Employment Law and Legislative Conference
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Commissioners Chai Feldblum and Victoria Lipnic of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will discuss the agency’s new Strategic Enforcement Plan, and review its latest policy developments and other plans.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Chai Feldblum


Chai Feldblum began her service as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in April 2010. She was confirmed by the Senate for a second term, which will end on July 1, 2018.

During Commissioner Feldblum's service on the Commission, she has focused on all the employment civil rights issues within the jurisdiction of the EEOC. She has focused in particular on the employment of people with disabilities, pregnancy accommodation, sexual orientation and transgender discrimination, harassment prevention, the structure and process of the federal sector complaint system and strategic planning for the Commission.

Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, Commissioner Feldblum was a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She founded the Law Center's Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, which represented a range of organizational clients focused on social justice. She also founded Workplace Flexibility 2010, a policy enterprise focused on finding common ground between employers and employees on workplace flexibility issues.
Commissioner Feldblum played a leading role in helping to draft and negotiate the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. She has also worked to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and was one of the drafters of the original Employment Nondiscrimination Act.

Commissioner Feldblum is the first openly lesbian Commissioner of the EEOC and is the fourth person with a disability to serve on the Commission.

Commissioner Feldblum 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.

Victoria Lipnic


Victoria A. Lipnic was named Acting Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by President Donald J. Trump on January 25, 2017. She began her service as a Commissioner of the EEOC in April 2010, having been confirmed by the Senate for an initial term ending on July 1, 2015. In November 2015, she was confirmed by the Senate for a second term ending on July 1, 2020.

Chair Lipnic has brought to the EEOC a breadth of experience working with federal labor and employment laws. From 2002 to 2009, she served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards, where she oversaw the Wage and Hour Division, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, and the Office of Labor Management Standards. She has also worked on Capitol Hill as Workforce Policy Counsel to the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before her work for Congress, she acted as in-house counsel for labor and employment matters to the U.S. Postal Service for six years. She also served as a special assistant for business liaison on the staff of then U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Malcolm Baldrige. Immediately prior to her service at the Commission, she was of counsel to the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in its Washington, D.C., office.

Since joining the Commission, Acting Chair Lipnic has played a key role in a wide variety of Commission activities and policies. Immediately upon her arrival, she was integral in the Commission's development of regulations under the bipartisan ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Throughout her tenure, she has worked to promote the Commission giving public hearing, and often guidance, to important workplace issues such as the use of leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA, employer-provided wellness programs, harassment prevention, and the use of social media in the workplace and big data in employment. In 2014, she helped lead the agency's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including organizing an event in Chicago, Illinois, to recognize the pioneering role of female flight attendants in the early enforcement of Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination. From 2015 to 2016, she co-chaired the EEOC's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, culminating in the co-chairs issuing their final report at a Commission meeting in June 2016. She has also taken great interest in issues relating to equal pay, the good governance of the Commission, increased transparency and public participation in policymaking, and the proper role of the EEOC as a regulatory enforcement agency.

She received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Allegheny College and her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. She grew up as "the mayor's daughter" - her father was the mayor of her hometown of Carrolltown, Pennsylvania, for 25 years. She says he taught her from an early age the importance of civic participation and of effective and accountable government.

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Amount of Credit: 
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 Not Available for Credit
Session Type: 
General Session
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