Biography

Ms. Yang served as Chair, Vice-Chair, and Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from May 2013 to January 2018. Ms. Yang led efforts to tackle systemic barriers to opportunity, including launching a Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, enhancing the EEOC’s annual EEO-1 data collection to include employer reporting of pay data, and studying the EEOC’s systemic work over the past decade – culminating in the public report:  Advancing Opportunity: A Review of EEOC’s Systemic Program. As Chair, Ms. Yang created new procedures for public input on guidance documents to promote transparency and launched digital systems to facilitate online charge information.

Currently, Ms. Yang serves as an Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellow and a Fellow with the Urban Institute in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population.  Ms. Yang is examining the changing nature of work and its impact on the growing segment of the workforce in nonstandard and precarious work arrangements such as independent contractors, subcontractors, temporary workers, and those in the gig economy.  In addition, she is studying the impact of technological disruptions on working conditions and economic advancement opportunities for low wage workers.  Ms. Yang also serves as a Partner with Working Ideal, where she is helping employers implement evidenced-based practices to promote inclusion and equality of opportunity.

Prior to joining the EEOC, Ms. Yang spent a decade representing workers nationwide in civil rights class actions and wage and hour collective actions as a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. From 1998 to 2003, she served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section. Prior to that, Ms. Yang was a fellow at the National Employment Law Project working to protect the rights of garment workers.

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