Bazelon Center Strongly Supports Nomination of EEOC Commissioner Chai R. Feldblum

Washington -- May 29, 2013 -- The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law extends its full support  to the nomination of Commissioner Chai R. Feldblum for a second term on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). “Commissioner Feldblum has been a champion for people with disabilities and has earned a second term to continue her work,” said Bazelon Center President and CEO Robert Bernstein, PhD. 

Commissioner Feldblum played a leading role in creating strong, bipartisan regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act and was also instrumental in drafting bipartisan regulations implementing the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act. She has also laid extensive groundwork for the commission’s future through the new Strategic Enforcement Plan, which includes a welcome focus on issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition the commissioner organized the EEOC’s first public meeting on employment of people with mental disabilities. 

Commissioner Feldblum has been a leading advocate on disability, LGBT, and other civil rights issues for over 25 years, starting with her work as a legislative lawyer on the ADA, and including her work on the Fair Housing Amendments Act, federal hate crimes legislation, workplace flexibility issues, and many others. 

“We laud the president’s nomination and urge Commissioner Feldblum’s quick confirmation by the Senate,” stated Bernstein. 

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The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (www.bazelon.org) is a national legal-advocacy organization representing people with mental disabilities. It promotes laws and policies that enable people with psychiatric or intellectual disabilities to exercise their life choices and access the resources they need to participate fully in their communities.

For media inquiries, please contact Dominic Holt at Dominic @ bazelon.org or 202.467.5730, ext. 311.

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