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Veta P. Hurst

Veta P. Hurst

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Acting Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Washington, DC, USA


Ms. Hurst is a Senior Attorney Advisor in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (Commission) Office of Human the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO).  She is responsible for implementing the agency’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, the Mentoring Program and Harassment Prevention Programs.  Prior to joining the OCHCO staff, Ms. Hurst worked in the Office of Federal Operations in Federal Sector Programs, which oversees and provides training, technical assistance and guidance to federal agencies and their sub-components on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and Management Directives 110 and 715. Ms. Hurst was the senior advisor to the Director of the Agency Oversight Division and provides legal guidance and technical assistance on federal affirmative employment issues.  Previously Ms. Hurst served for 5 years as Acting Branch Chief in the Agency Oversight Division.  In that role, Ms. Hurst and her staff evaluated federal agencies’ performance to ensure effective and efficient implementation of EEO programs, policies and procedures. Ms. Hurst was responsible for creating and implementing the developmental and continued education curriculum for the office’s equal employment specialists to master the core competencies for their positions.

With over 14 years legal experience specializing in equal employment opportunity and affirmative employment in both the private and government sector, Ms. Hurst is a seasoned professional in the area of employment and labor law, with specific expertise in employment discrimination, affirmative employment, and training and development programs.  Ms. Hurst is also a senior trainer, presenter and educator, who has presented on behalf of the Commission at various EEO and Diversity conferences, symposiums and trainings in the federal sector community and acts as a mediator in private sector complaints of discrimination.

Ms. Hurst also has extensive experience with reasonable accommodation issues, including reviewing agency reasonable accommodation procedures and discussing issues related to implementation and compliance with the Rehabilitation Act.  Previously, as an Appellate Attorney in the Office of Federal Operations, Ms. Hurst reviewed complex appeals filed by federal agencies and federal employees nationwide with regard to claims of discrimination related to the laws and regulations enforced by the Commission, and wrote interpretive decisions.  She was also responsible for the development and implementation of the Commission’s Internship webpage, as well as OFO’s Graduate, College and High School Student Intern Program.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Hurst worked as an Administrative Judge with the State of Michigan’s Department of Consumer & Industry Services, Michigan Liquor Control Commission and as a Human Resources Specialist with Ernst & Young LLP.  Ms. Hurst received her Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and the District of Columbia.

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