Press Release 10-19-2020

Andrea R. Lucas Sworn in as EEOC Commissioner

Swearing in of Andrea R. Lucas as EEOC Commissioner

WASHINGTON – Andrea R. Lucas was sworn in today as Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced this afternoon.  Lucas was nominated by President Trump on March 16, 2020 and was confirmed on September 22, 2020 to serve as Commissioner, for a term expiring July 1, 2025. Lucas joins Chair Janet Dhillon, Vice Chair Keith Sonderling, and Commissioners Charlotte Burrows and Jocelyn Samuels on the presidentially appointed bipartisan Commission. 

"Ms. Lucas will make an excellent addition to the EEOC," said Chair Janet Dhillon.  "Her extensive experience focusing on employment law, and in particular working with employers to comply with discrimination laws will be very helpful to the work of the Commission. I look forward to working with her.”

Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, Ms. Lucas was a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  She was a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice group as well as its litigation department.  She has represented and advised employers on a wide-range of matters, including significant work around employment discrimination.  Ms. Lucas received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from the University of Virginia.  

"I’m honored to serve as a Commissioner of the EEOC.  The American workforce is our country’s most valuable resource and ensuring that all workers have equal opportunity is critical to keeping our workplaces strong and safe,” Lucas said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to prevent and remedy employment discrimination across our country and to address the new challenges for our country and the Commission posed by the complexities of the twenty-first century workplace and the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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