Jessica Stender

Senior Counsel for Workplace Justice and Policy, Equal Rights Advocates

Meeting of November 20, 2019 - EEOC Convenes Public Hearing on the Proposed Revision of the Employer Information Report (EEO-1)

Jessica Stender is Senior Counsel for Workplace Justice & Public Policy at Equal Rights Advocates where she leads policy advocacy, with a focus on sexual harassment, pay equity, pregnancy discrimination and education civil rights, and represents workers in employment discrimination cases. Jessica also leads Stronger California, a statewide network of organizations and advocacy coalitions promoting policy reform to improve economic security for women and families. She is Co-Chair of the Women's Rights Committee of the American Bar Association's Civil Rights and Social Justice Section, Co-Chair of the Policy Committee of the National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues, and serves on the Policy Committee of the Equal Pay Today campaign. Jessica regularly speaks and writes about issues related to gender equity and was named one of the Top Labor & Employment Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal in 2018.

Jessica previously served as Legal Director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (Center for Migrants Rights), a transnational migrant workers' rights organization. Jessica was also previously a Civil Rights Fellow at Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, where she represented workers in civil rights and employment class action cases. Jessica graduated from U.C. Berkeley School of Law in 2009, where she served as Senior Executive Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law and Co-Chair of the Boalt Hall Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Before law school, Jessica was a paralegal at Friends of Farmworkers in Philadelphia, providing outreach and legal assistance to migrant farmworkers throughout Pennsylvania.