The EEOC announced that Stuart J. Ishimaru is stepping down from his position as EEOC Commissioner on July 2, two months before the expiration of his 2nd term.
Nominated by President George W. Bush, Mr. Ishimaru was instrumental in the development of the EEOC’s “best practices,” a set of guides created to help employers steer clear of gender and disability discrimination. In addition, under his watch, the EEOC instituted a multi-million dollar employee training initiative to improve the agency’s investigation and litigation of large systematic discrimination cases.
Mr. Ishimaru publicly supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (which prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity), and the Paycheck Fairness Act.
According to the EEOC’s April 11 press release, EEOC Chair, Jacqueline Berrien, thanked Mr. Ishimaru for his service and stated, “his accomplishments as a member of the Commission and Acting Chairman have been exceptional. He has been a tremendous colleague, and we will miss his fervent commitment to civil rights law enforcement and myriad contribution to the work of the Commission.“
Stuart Ishimaru’s longstanding civil rights career included serving as Acting Chair of the EEOC from January 20, 2009 to April 9, 2010, and as District Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1999 to 2001. From 1994-1999, Mr. Ishimaru served as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Ishimaru as Acting Staff Director of U.S. Commission on Civil rights.