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Chai R. Feldblum helps companies and organizations create safe, respectful, diverse, and inclusive workplaces. Chai served as a commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 2010 to 2019. As a director of Workplace Culture Consulting at Morgan Lewis, Chai helps employers implement preventive strategies to eliminate harassment and enhance workplace productivity. Chai’s policymaking background and insights on the EEOC’s enforcement processes inform her counseling of employers on compliance with employment anti-discrimination laws and her investigations of complaints of harassment and discrimination.
While at the EEOC, Chai co-led a Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace and coauthored a widely-recognized report on harassment prevention. Chai now partners with employers to conduct workplace cultural assessments, using qualitative and quantitative tools, to determine issues the employer may wish to address. Chai also helped develop a new Morgan Lewis training on Creating Respectful Workplaces and delivers such training.
Prior to her service on the EEOC, Chai was a professor at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C., for 18 years. While at Georgetown Law, Chai founded the law school’s Federal Legislation Clinic, which represented organizational clients focused on social justice issues. She also founded Workplace Flexibility 2010, a policy enterprise designed to find common ground between employers and employees on workplace flexibility issues.
Chai played a leading role in drafting and negotiating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and is a national authority on disability rights. Chai is also a prominent figure in the LGBTQ community and has played leading roles in drafting legislation and administrative rulings in the area of LGBTQ rights.
Chai clerked for Judge Frank M. Coffin of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for US Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.