FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Claire Gonzales Monday, July 22, 1996 Reginald Welch (202) 663-4900 TDD: (202) 663-4494
WASHINGTON -- Reginald E. Jones was sworn in today as a member of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by Commission Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas. Mr. Jones was nominated by President Clinton on June 5 and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 17. He fills the vacancy left by R. Gaull Silberman, whose term expired in June 1995.
"I enthusiastically welcome Reg to the Commission," said Chairman Casellas. "He brings to the Commission a great deal of experience in civil rights and employment law and the legislative process, and that expertise will be critical to helping us meet our law enforcement goals."
Mr. Jones' inclusion brings the bi-partisan Commission to its full complement of five members. The other members, including Chairman Casellas, are Vice Chairman Paul M. Igasaki, and Commissioners Joyce E. Tucker and Paul Steven Miller.
Mr. Jones, of Wheaton, Md., has served as Senior Legislative Counsel to Senator James Jeffords (R-VT) since January of 1993, and Minority Counsel and Staff Director of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee from 1989 to 1993. In the Senate he worked on a wide variety of employment issues, including the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. His portfolio of non-labor and employment work includes legislation to reform the civil and criminal justice systems, product liability law, and legal and illegal immigration laws. Prior to arriving on Capitol Hill, Mr. Jones was a partner in the New York law firm of Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson. He received his B.A. from Yale University and both his J.D. and M.B.A. for New York University.
EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, prohibitions against discrimination affecting individuals with disabilities in the federal government, sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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