The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, the nation’s largest coalition of disability advocacy groups, has called for swift approval of two recent nominations by President Obama regarding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
David Lopez was nominated to serve a second term as EEOC general counsel, a position he has held for the past four years. Charlotte Burrows, who has extensive experience with the Department of Justice, was nominated to sit on the five-member Commission.
“We have been tremendously impressed with the work that General Counsel Lopez has done to advance employment opportunities for individuals protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as Sections 501 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title VII, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act,” the CCD wrote in a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, dated November 5. “General Counsel Lopez has been thoughtful and strategic in using the Commission’s resources to address key issues that prevent employment of people with disabilities, and has achieved important successes.”
Among the EEOC’s success during Lopez’s tenure, the CCD highlighted the agency’s investigation into Henry’s Turkey Service, where 32 men with disabilities were paid a mere $65 per month and abused for decades.
The letter was signed by 20 major disability rights groups, including the National Disability Rights Network, the American Association of People with Disabilities and the National Council on Independent Living.
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