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Patricia A. Shiu

Patricia A. Shiu

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Labor
Washington, DC, USA

Patricia A. Shiu serves as the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor. She leads a staff of 650 men and women around the country who are dedicated to protecting workers, promoting diversity and enforcing the law.

Established in 1965 by Executive Order 11246, OFCCP is responsible for enforcing this EO, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. As amended, these three laws prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran by federal contractors and subcontractors. On July 21, 2014, President Obama amended EO 11246 to prohibit discrimination for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing employee compensation.  Federal contractors and subcontractors are also required to implement affirmative action.

Director Shiu serves on the National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force which has been charged by President Obama with enforcing violations of wage-based compensation discrimination and fulfilling, once and for all, the promise of fair pay. She also represents the Secretary of Labor on the federal Interagency Working Group of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Shiu served as Vice President for Programs at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco. She represented workers in both individual and class action employment discrimination and harassment cases involving sex, race, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, immigration status, disability, and domestic violence.

As the Director of the Legal Aid Society’s Work and Family Project, Ms. Shiu advocated for the passage of California’s Family Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and California’s Paid Leave Law. Ms. Shiu litigated wage and hour, work and family, and reproductive health hazard cases. She also litigated class action educational access cases for students under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act and disability laws.

Ms. Shiu began her legal career as an associate with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco. She served as President of California Women Lawyers in 1987 and Vice President of the National Employment Lawyers Association. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Joe Morozumi Lifetime Achievement Award, the Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Award, and the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area’s “Woman Warrior Award.” Most recently, the Williams Institute awarded Director Shiu its 2015 “Women in Leadership Award.”  Ms. Shiu is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco School of Law.


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