Meeting of May 8, 2013 - Wellness Programs Under Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws
Chris Kuczynski joined the Commission in February 1997 as Assistant legal Counsel and Director of the ADA Policy Division (now the ADA/GINA Policy Division), and continues to serve in that role while also serving as Acting Associate Legal Counsel. As Director of the ADA/GINA Policy Division, Chris supervises the development of regulations, policy guidance, and technical assistance publications on Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and regularly advises EEOC field and headquarters offices, including the offices of the Chair and Commissioners, on complex ADA and GINA issues. His leadership was critical in the issuance of final regulations implementing GINA (published in November 2010) and the ADA Amendments Act (published in March 2011). As Acting Associate Legal Counsel, he assists the Legal Counsel in implementing all aspects of the work of the Office of Legal Counsel.
Chris has made hundreds of presentations on the ADA (and more recently on GINA) to diverse audiences, including human resources and EEO professionals, supervisors and managers in the public and private sectors, medical professionals, and plaintiff and defense counsel. He has been interviewed on the ADA and GINA by numerous media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He has done radio or television interviews for ABC News, the CBS Morning News, and MSNBC, and was a guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the ADA.
From January to October 2003, Chris was a Special Assistant to former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez, and from October 2003 through April 2004, he was Associate Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Chris was a trial attorney in the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice from July 1993 until February 1997, and was a litigation associate for three years with a major Philadelphia law firm.
He has a B.A. in English from Villanova University (from which he received the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences 2007 Alumni Medallion in 2007), a J.D. from Temple Law School, and an LL.M. from Yale Law School.