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Smear: Chai Feldblum's Positions Disqualify Her For Equal Employment Opportunity Post

October 06, 2009 3:03 pm ET

Some on the far right claim Chai Feldblum's policy positions disqualify her for a position on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Unable to attack Feldblum's sterling credentials, opponents of her nomination are turning to vague personal attacks, out-of-context quotations and irrelevant criticisms that in no way reflect her ability to protect American workers from unfair (and illegal) discrimination as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Chai Feldblum's policy positions disqualify her for a position on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Many on the far right have attempted to taint various administration officials with homophobic smears and hateful whisper campaigns.  These actions are a deliberate effort to distract from exemplary qualifications brought forth by administration appointees.  Chai Feldblum's case is no different.

Chai Feldblum Is Extremely Qualified For A Position On The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

According to the White House media advisory announcing Feldblum's nomination, "Chai Feldblum is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center where she has taught since 1991. She also founded the Law Center's Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, a program designed to train students to become legislative lawyers. Feldblum previously served as Legislative Counsel to the AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. In this role, she developed legislation, analyzed policy on various AIDS-related issues, and played a leading role in the drafting of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and, later as a law professor, in the passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. She has also worked on advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and has been a leading expert on the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. As Co-Director of Workplace Flexibility 2010, Feldblum has worked to advance flexible workplaces in a manner that works for employees and employers. Feldblum clerked for Judge Frank Coffin and for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. from Barnard College." [White House Release, 9/14/09; emphasis added]

Given the impossibility of attacking Feldblum's sterling credentials, opponents of her nomination are turning to vague personal attacks, out-of-context quotations and irrelevant criticisms that in no way reflect her ability to protect American workers from unfair (and illegal) discrimination as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The EEOC Is Tasked With Investigating "Complaints Of Job Discrimination Based On Race, Color, Religion, Sex (Including Pregnancy), National Origin Or Disability."

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "EEOC investigates complaints of job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin or disability. We also investigate complaints of age discrimination by older workers (age 40 or older). If we believe an employer is violating our laws, we take action to stop the discrimination. In some cases, the employer agrees to make certain changes to its workplace. In other cases, we sue the employer in court to fix the problem. Our services are free." [EEOC, accessed 10/6/09]



 


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