The Senate confirmed Jenny R. Yang as a commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 25. 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.
“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,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center.
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. (end)