LDF’s Director of Policy Todd Cox Testifies at EEOC Hearing

Earlier today, LDF Policy Director Todd Cox testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. The Subcommittee was holding a hearing on the operations of the United States Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which has played a pivotal role in combatting discrimination in the American workplace. In his testimony, Todd delivered a powerful defense of the necessity of the EEOC, describing its long history of protecting minority workers:

“There is no question that the EEOC has been incredibly successful in redressing various forms of employment discrimination. The Commission has been a driving force in dismantling segregated workplaces, removing unnecessary and discriminatory employment barriers and obstacles, and ensuring that the promise of equality at work could be realized for millions of Americans. The EEOC’s local and regional offices have often been relied upon by communities of color and other historically marginalized populations for redressing discrimination and harassment often suffered on a daily basis. For example, in Birmingham, Alabama, the local EEOC office was known to many in the African-American community, not by its title or as a government agency, but simply as the ‘2121 Building,’ because this was the address one visited in downtown Birmingham if one was seeking protection from discrimination on the job.”