Tuesday, July 28, 2009

DOL Secretary Appoints Patricia A. Shiu Head of OFCCP

E-Mail from The Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Center:
July 28, 2009

Dear Friends: I am proud to announce that Patricia A. Shiu, vice president for Programs at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) has accepted a leadership position with the United States Department of Labor as the director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The OFCCP is responsible for enforcing Executive Order 11246 and other laws which prohibit discrimination and require affirmative action by businesses contracting with the federal government. Ms. Shiu has dedicated her twenty-five year career at the LAS-ELC to strengthening and enforcing the rights of low-wage workers and their families. We are extremely proud of Ms. Shiu's long list of accomplishments and the major contributions she has made to the development of employment law and gender equity. We know Ms. Shiu will serve our country and the cause of justice with the professionalism, commitment and integrity that have consistently marked her years of service to her clients and their communities and to the rule of law.

Joan M. Graff
President, the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

Some biographical information regarding Patricia A. Shiu:
Patricia A. Shiu is Vice President of Programs at the Employment Law Center, a project of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco. Ms. Shiu joined the Employment Law Center in 1983 where she focuses primarily on employment discrimination, including sex and race-based discrimination. She also represents workers in family and medical leave cases. Ms. Shiu is the Director of the Society’s Work and Family Project and advocated for the passage of California’s Family Rights Act and its regulations. Ms. Shiu was appointed to the Civil Rights Reviewing Authority for the Department of Education in 1993 by Secretary Richard Riley. She is a former member of the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association and served as one of its Vice Presidents. Ms. Shiu is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. https://www.nela.org/NELA/index.cfm?showfullpage=1&event=showAppPage&pg=semwebCatalog&panel=browse&ft=SWOD&bb=aut&aut=3351

Pat Shiu, Vice President of Programs and Director of the Gender Equality Program was honored on March 18 by the Asian American Bar Association with its Joe Morozumi Lifetime Achievement Award. The Joe Morozumi Award recognizes Asian American attorneys that embody the "spirit of uncomprising legal advocacy in matters of conscience," according to award founder, Dale Minami. Pat has devoted her remarkable public interest career of 21 years to ensuring that poor women, particularly immigrants, women of color, single mothers, and those who are disabled are treated legally, fairly and with dignity. Recently her cases have included a challenge to discrimination and harassment in police departments and other nontraditional workplaces; the denial of paid family to a worker who son was dying of AIDS and another whose mother was terminally ill; and the payment of lesser wages to women working in jobs just above the minimum wage. A longtime authority on the workplace rights of domestic violence survivors, Pat also directs the Domestic Violence and Employment Project. She recently successfully secured a settlement on behalf of a domestic violence survivor whose employer refused to transfer her to a work site away from the reach of her abuser, who was also her husband and co-worker. http://employmentlawcenter.org/arch-staffclayaward.html

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