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Obama Names Acting EEOC Chair

By Ed O'Keefe

From The Eye's colleague Steve Vogel:

Stuart J. Ishimaru
Stuart J. Ishimaru, the new acting chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Stuart J. Ishimaru, the senior Democrat on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was appointed acting chairman of the body yesterday by President Obama.

Ishimaru, a member of the commission since 2003, previously served as deputy assistant attorney general in the civil rights division of the Department of Justice.

“The new administration brings new possibilities to the EEOC,” Ishimaru said in an e-mail sent to staff members sent yesterday evening. “We have much work to do.”

Ishimaru replaces Naomi Churchill Earp, a Republican, who has served as chair of the body since 2006. Christine M. Griffin, a Democrat who has served on the commission since 2006, was appointed acting vice chairman by the president.

The five-member commission, which has one vacancy, is charged with making EEOC policy and approving litigation in consultation with the EEOC general counsel. Appointments to the commission are subject to Senate approval.

Ishimaru has favored stronger age discrimination protections and opposed what he described as “misguided” efforts to outsource some EEOC functions.

“We need to make sure we are attacking both traditional and emerging forms of workplace discrimination in America,” Ishimaru told staff in his e-mail, adding that he would work to implement a “high impact systemic enforcement program.”

Added Ishimaru, “It is a high honor, and, frankly, quite humbling to be asked to lead this agency in these times.”

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 23, 2009; 11:58 AM ET
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One thing the EEOC can do is stop ignoring the EEOC complaints filed by white, heterosexual males.

Posted by: hz9604 | January 23, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, has anyone has ever dealt with it? It is the most confusing of comissions. Do we need it? NO NO NO, Another commission to investigate another something to make nothing. COVER-UP spell it, try EEOC. Truth or fiction? It will send you from pillar to post to the very fires of tragedy. Five (5) cents a container is how it thinks making a living should be. It usurps all Court hearings. I was told this at The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, NYC, sometime in early 2000's. Bear Sterns People where are you???? I don't see you. I do not believe New York City or any city in America is having financial problems. I watch groceries bought with cash and credit cards. I watch New York City walk expensive dogs better cared for than any child. Yesterday I saw a baby in a baby carriage wrapped in a black mink. Does that spell poor???

Posted by: motherschild | January 23, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I have dealt with the EEOC over many years. In the Reagan/Bush1 era it was vastly underfunded and there were multi year delays in getting complaints dealt with; in ghe Clinton years, things improved, times got better, cases (including those for white males) were more thoroughloy investigated. But the place has been reorganized and reorganized in such a way under W that it is surprising that it functions at all. Long ago, when it used to have consiliation meetings on a regular basis, it helped cut costs for employers as well as employees, now... we can only pray it will get back to doing its job, with enough resources to at least get into the most egregious of cases (egregious from bad complaints as well as bad employers.)

Posted by: Pogoagain | January 23, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Pogoagain: Still is this commission needed? In New York City it took the case of Isiah Thomas to the very top. It investigated and ignored every one else. How did this case get to Court so fast as others wait???? A famous BLACK man, American Born, that could be used and was. The newspapers were full of black angainst black. How wonderful. A first. The rest of us can wait, or just go away. Can you spell COVER-UP or was it I want a Headline for the New York POST?

Posted by: motherschild | January 23, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the batsh_t insane perspective.

Posted by: mack1 | January 23, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Pogoagain: Still is this commission needed?
I cannot quarrel over the internet, but the question remains unansered. YES OR NO??? I am at a public computer and have but 4 minutes left so I guess the question remains unanswered.

Posted by: motherschild | January 23, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Well good. As the population gets older it is important to provide safeguards for older workers in a youth oriented society. Especially when older peoples pensions have been wiped out by the economic crisis, many older workers will need to re-enter the workforce. Godspeed.

Posted by: sandnsmith | January 23, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

every company that has all asian workers is in violation and should be forced to diversify...
if they fail to comply, fine them every day until it hurts...

Posted by: DwightHCollins | January 23, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Excellent choice - revitalize the EEOC into a working agency once again, rescued from the intentional disassembly promoted by Bushco appointee Griffin.

Now Mr. Ishiomaru should cut off his ponytail if he wants to be taken seriously by business people.

Posted by: onestring | January 23, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hz9604 | January 23, 2009 12:19 PM: "One thing the EEOC can do is stop ignoring the EEOC complaints filed by white, heterosexual males."

You left out "angry" (white, heterosexual males). You're a proud bunch, aren't you?

Posted by: SpaceCity | January 23, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

First this guy needs a good haircut. Next BO has already gone back on the 'revolving door' since he is making exceptions for the Asst Sec of Defense and others. Next he needs to dump the Tresury nominee who is a tax cheat.

Posted by: KBlit | January 23, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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