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William R. Tamayo

William R. Tamayo

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Regional Attorney, San Francisco District Office
San Francisco, CA, USA

WILLIAM R. TAMAYO (Bill Tamayo) was appointed in 1995 as the Regional Attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, San Francisco District. The EEOC is the federal agency charged with investigating and litigating claims of employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age and disability.  He directs the Commission's litigation and legal program in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. From 1995-2005 he directed the EEOC's litigation program in Northern and Central California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Wake Island, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
From 1979 - 1995 he was a staff attorney and the Managing Attorney for the Asian Law Caucus, Inc. of San Francisco where he emphasized the practice of immigration and nationality law and civil rights litigation and advocacy involving employment discrimination, affirmative action, immigrant rights, voting rights, and the Census.  He was co-counsel for the plaintiff-intervenor in EEOC and Castrejon v. Tortilleria La Major, 785 F. Supp. 585 (E.D. Cal 1991) (undocumented workers are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and was on the legal team that developed the "self-petitioning provisions" for immigrant battered women under the Violence Against Women Act.

During his tenure as Regional Attorney, the EEOC San Francisco District  has obtained significant settlements including among others, Arnett & EEOC v. California Public Employee Retirement System ($250 million for disabled public safety officers),  EEOC v. Walmart ($3.5 million for disabled workers denied accommodations or jobs),  EEOC v. 3M Company ($3.0 million for older workers laid off),   EEOC v. Lockheed-Martin ($2.5 million for black avionics electrician harassed and retaliated against), EEOC v. Fry's Electronics ($2.3 million for Asian employee terminated for alerting company to sexual harassment and for teenage Latina employee who was harassed),  EEOC v. Les Schwab Tires ($2.0 million for women denied sales and service jobs),  EEOC v. Tanimura & Antle ($1.855 million for sexually harassed and retaliated farm workers),  EEOC v. Lowe's Home Improvement  ($1.72 million for sexual harassment of store workers),  EEOC v. Kovacevich "5" Farms ($1.68 million for female farm workers denied hire), EEOC v. Herrick Corporation ($1.11 million for 4 Pakistani Muslims harassed at work), EEOC v. National Food Corporation ($650,000 for farm worker repeatedly raped and co-workers who were fired in retaliation) and obtained a nearly $1 million verdict for a farm worker who was sexually harassed (raped) and retaliated against, EEOC v. Harris Farms. 

B.A. San Francisco State University.  J.D. University of California, Davis, School of Law, King Hall. 


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