Jenny Yang, a seasoned plaintiff’s attorney who represented a class of 1.5 million women in a landmark sex discrimination case against Wal-Mart, was confirmed last week to serve on the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) by the U.S. Senate. The Commission is comprised of five presidentially appointed members, including the Chair, Vice Chair, and three Commissioners. Yang will serve as Commissioner until July 1, 2017, and she will be the fourth member of the Commission to be appointed by President Obama.
Yang, a former class action lawyer, is likely to support the EEOC’s commitment to taking action in cases where systematic violations are suspected. President Obama’s appointment also gives Commission Democrats a three member majority. As a result of Yang’s appointment, employers may anticipate more worker-friendly guidance from the EEOC on discrimination issues.