Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 30, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – a federal government agency that advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting emp­loyment discrimination – announced that Keith E. Sonderling was sworn in as a Commissioner of the EEOC.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as a Commissioner of the EEOC, and to be entrusted with a position where I can continue to work to prevent and remedy workplace discrimination and to advance the rights of the American workforce,” EEOC Commissioner and Vice Chair Sonderling stated in a press release about the event.

Sonderling was nominated by President Donald J. Trump on July 17, 2019, re-nominated on March 16, 2020, and was confirmed on September 22, 2020, by a Senate vote of 52-41 to serve as Commissioner, for a term expiring on July 1, 2024. Sonderling was also designated by President Trump to serve as Vice Chair of the EEOC.

Prior to his appointment to the EEOC, Sonderling served as Deputy Administrator in the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, which administers and enforces federal labor laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the labor provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Sonderling to this vitally important agency. His vast experience with labor and employment issues, including his most recent accomplishments with the U.S. Department of Labor promise an ideally suited and valuable asset to the EEOC,” Janet Dhillon, EEOC Chair, stated in the press release.

The EEOC is a bipartisan Commission comprised of five presidentially appointed members: Chair, Vice Chair, and three Commissioners. The Chair is responsible for administration and financial management while the Vice Chair and Commissioners develop and approve policies, issue charges of discrimination, and authorize filing of suits.

Founded in 1965, the EEOC enforces several laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. Stay connected with the latest EEOC news by subscribing to email updates. To learn more about the EEOC, visit www.eeoc.gov.

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