WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2013) — The Asian American Justice Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, applauds the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Jenny R. Yang as a commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
“We applaud the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Chairman Tom Harkin and Majority Leader Harry Reid for clearing the way for today’s full Senate vote,” said Mee Moua, AAJC’s president and executive director. “As the only Asian American in a senior leadership position at the EEOC, Commissioner Yang will bring an important diverse perspective and experience in her role for setting policy for the agency.”
The EEOC is a bipartisan commission of five presidentially appointed members who are confirmed by the Senate. President Obama nominated Yang last August to fill the vacancy left by Stuart J. Ishimaru. Yang will leave her position as a partner in the Civil Rights and Employment Practice Group at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, where she represents plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases.
From 1998 to 2003, she was an attorney in the Employment Litigation Section in Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Yang has also served as a New York University Community Service Fund attorney fellow at the National Employment Law Project and as a judicial law clerk for Judge Edmund V. Ludwig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Also active in the Asian American community, Yang serves as vice-chair of the board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center and was formerly national co-chair and board member of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Yang graduated from Cornell University and New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden public service scholar.