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Eric S. Dreiband

Eric S. Dreiband

Jones Day

Washington, DC, USA

Eric Dreiband represents companies in all aspects of civil rights, employment discrimination, whistleblower, and wage and hour investigations, litigation, and counseling. 

Eric previously served as the general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He directed the federal government's litigation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and several other federal employment anti-discrimination laws. He also issued the Regional Attorneys' Manual, which established the policies of EEOC's litigation program.

Prior to his EEOC service, Eric served as deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. He directed the federal government's enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other laws. For his contribution to the DOL's efforts to update its overtime regulations, he received the Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award. Eric also received the Secretary of Labor's Compliance Assistance Award for leading the DOL's efforts to increase compliance with the federal child labor laws.

From 1997 to 2000, he served in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation awarded him a special commendation after he led the investigation and successful prosecution of a former associate attorney general of the United States.

Eric has spoken and written extensively about civil rights and other employment laws, and he has testified about these subjects before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Chambers USA lists him as one of the best labor and employment lawyers in Washington.


Labor & Employment


Northwestern University (J.D. with honors 1992; Articles Editor, Law Review); Harvard University (M.T.S. 1989); Princeton University (A.B. 1986)


District of Columbia; Illinois; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Seventh, and District of Columbia Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the District of Maryland


Law Clerk to the Honorable William J. Bauer, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1992-1994)


General Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (2003-2005); Deputy Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (2002-2003); and Associate Independent Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr (1997-2000)


Bloomberg wins dismissal in well-publicized pregnancy discrimination case brought by EEOC Jones Day represented Bloomberg, L.P. in a nationwide class action case brought by the EEOC.

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