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Debra M. Lawrence Appointed Regional Attorney Of EEOC's Philadelphia District Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Debra M. Lawrence, a veteran trial attorney with  the Baltimore office of the U.S. Equal  Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has been appointed regional attorney  of the agency’s Philadelphia District, which includes offices in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cleveland,  the agency announced today.

“I look forward to the continuance  of a dynamic and powerful litigation program with Debra overseeing the  Philadelphia District,” said EEOC General Counsel P. David Lopez. “She joins a strong and dedicated group of  regional attorneys throughout the country.”

“I feel very honored by General  Counsel Lopez’s strong support and I look forward to continuing the agency’s  mission of eradicating discrimination,” Lawrence  said.

Lawrence began her career at the EEOC as a  trial attorney, during which she prosecuted numerous cases under the statutes  enforced by the agency, recovering millions of dollars. She has tried cases to verdict in jury trials  involving age discrim­ination, sexual harassment, race discrimination and  harassment, gender wage discrim­ination, religious discrimination and  retaliation. She has lectured, trained and  written about the various civil rights statutes and has trained newer lawyers  on trial and discovery practice. Lawrence was appointed supervisory  trial attorney in 2002, and in December 2008, she became acting regional  attorney for the Philadelphia District. 

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment  discrimination. Further information  about the EEOC is available on its web site at