U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Charlotte Burrows to Give Closing Talk at Social Justice Event

Julia Fishman

Burrows will deliver the closing keynote at the “Explorations in Social Justice” conference.

September 10, 2019—Charlotte A. Burrows, a commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will give a talk as part of Marist’s “Explorations in Social Justice” conference. The talk will be held on Friday, September 13, 3:30pm, in the Nelly Goletti Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.

During her time at the EEOC, Commissioner Burrows has advocated for strong federal enforcement of employment laws, focusing in particular on pay equity, as well as initiatives to combat harassment and retaliation and to promote diversity in employment.

“We are thrilled to welcome Commissioner Burrows to campus as part of this conference,” said Addrain Conyers, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion at Marist. “Her talk will cover issues of great interest to the wider community, including diversity and pay equity.”

Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, Commissioner Burrows served as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she worked on a broad range of civil and criminal matters, including employment litigation, voting rights, combatting racial profiling, and implementing the Violence Against Women Act, among others. Previously she served as General Counsel for Civil and Constitutional Rights to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee and later on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.  During her time on Capitol Hill, she worked on a variety of legislative initiatives, including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.

She holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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