Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 19, 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 Andrea R. Lucas was sworn in as a Commissioner of the EEOC.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues to prevent and remedy employment discrimination across our country and to address the new challenges for our country and the Commission posed by the complexities of the twenty-first century workplace and the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lucas stated in a press release.

Lucas was nominated by President Trump on March 16, 2020, and was confirmed on September 22, 2020, to serve as Commissioner for a term expiring July 1, 2025. Lucas joins Chair Janet Dhillon, Vice Chair Keith Sonderling, and Commissioners Charlotte Burrows and Jocelyn Samuels on the bipartisan Commission.

Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, Lucas was a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She was a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice group as well as its litigation department. She has represented and advised many employers on employment discrimination.

“Ms. Lucas will make an excellent addition to the EEOC. Her extensive experience focusing on employment law, and in particular working with employers to comply with discrimination laws will be very helpful to the work of the Commission. I look forward to working with her,” EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon 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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