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John Schmelzer

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Acting Director, Field Coordination Programs
Washington, DC, USA


John D. Schmelzer

For  most of his career, John Schmelzer has been the Attorney Advisor in the Office of Field Programs.  The Office of Field Programs oversees and provides support to EEOC's 51 field offices where charges of employment discrimination are investigated,  mediated, conciliated  and litigated. Mr. Schmelzer  has provided  these offices with guidance on novel legal issues, and also counseled field directors on the administrative investigation of charges.

Mr. Schmelzer began his career with the EEOC as an appellate attorney in the Office of General Counsel. He successfully argued cases before most of the  federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. He then served as a Special Assistant to an EEOC Commissioner and the Special Assistant  to the Acting Chairman of the agency. Mr. Schmelzer served as Deputy Director of the agency's Office of Systemic Programs which investigates pattern and practice allegations against the country's largest corporations. He then served as Director of the Eastern field offices overseeing 26 EEOC field offices east of the Mississippi  River.  He also served in field offices as the Acting Director of both the Birmingham and Detroit District offices. In 2004, Mr. Schmelzer completed a year long detail as Counsel to the Chief Operating Officer of EEOC and to the Chair of EEOC.  

He currently serves as the Acting Director of Field Coordination Programs.  In this role, he supervises EEOC's mediation program in  EEOC field offices, oversees administrative hearings for complainants in the federal sector, and directs the free outreach and technical assistance programs to agency stakeholders.

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