President Barak Obama recently announced his choices to head up the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), essentially promoting two current Commissioners to leadership
posts at the federal agency.
Stuart J. Ishimaru was appointed as Acting Chairman of the EEOC and Christine
M. Griffin as Acting Vice Chair.
Ishimaru’s term will expire on July 1, 2012. He has been a Commissioner
since November 2003.
During his tenure, according to the EEOC press release, “Ishimaru
has primarily focused on large, systemic cases and in reinvigorating the
agency’s work on race discrimination issues. He also played an instrumental
role in the EEOC’s adoption of groundbreaking guidance on gender
discrimination against workers with caregiving responsibilities.”
Ishimaru has spent virtually his entire career in civil rights, spending
time in the Civil Rights division of the US Justice Department, Acting
Staff Director of the US Commission on Civil Rights, and on the professional
staffs of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional
Rights and two House Armed Services Subcommittees of the US Congress.
Christine M. Griffin has served in the commission since 2006, working
as an advocate for women’s rights, rights of people with disabilities,
and diversity in the federal workplace, among other issues. Prior to serving
as commissioner, she had worked as legal counsel to the EEOC, and also
ran Boston’s Disability Law Center.
The EEOC has five commissioners and a General Counsel appointed by the
President and confirmed by the Senate. Commissioners are appointed for
five-year, staggered terms. The President designates a Chair and a Vice
Chair. The Chair is the chief executive officer of the Commission. One
commissioner seat is currently vacant, and there is no information forthcoming
at this point about when or if that seat will be filled.
Ishimaru succeeds Naomi C. Earp, whose term as a Commissioner expires on
July 1, 2010. The fourth current commissioner is Constance S. Barker.
Although no particular Commissioner can probably impact your individual
rights, the lawyers at
Buckley Beal LLP are always available to answer your Georgia employment law questions.