NEW YORK, November 14, 2019: The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights will present Morgan Lewis partner and Director of Workplace Culture Consulting Chai Feldblum with the Eleanor Roosevelt Prize for Global Human Rights Advancement on December 6 at the Roosevelt House in New York City. The prize was established in 2018 in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Eleanor Roosevelt championed. It recognizes individuals and organizations that have had a positive, enduring, and global impact in advancing the principles set forth in the declaration. The prize this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and, along with Chai, honors the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Chai served as a commissioner of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 2010 to 2019. She was the first openly lesbian commissioner of the EEOC and the fourth person with a disability to serve on the commission. During her service, Chai co-led the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace and coauthored a groundbreaking report on harassment prevention released in June 2016. Additionally, Chai played a leading role in helping to draft and negotiate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, as well as bills to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people.