The following is a statement from A Better Balance Co-Founder and Co-President Dina Bakst:
“A Better Balance celebrates the Senate’s confirmation of Kalpana Kotagal to serve as Commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Ms. Kotagal is one of our nation’s finest civil rights lawyers, having spent her career working to end systemic discrimination against this country’s most marginalized workers. Her legal acumen, dedication to equal opportunity for all, and commitment to ensuring workplaces in this country are fair and equitable makes her the best possible choice for this position.
Our organization’s free and confidential legal helpline provides thousands of workers across the country each year information about the laws the EEOC is responsible for enforcing. The low-wage workers, disproportionately women of color, who our organization serves depend on strong enforcement of laws like the groundbreaking new Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which recently took effect after our ten year movement to pass it. We know Ms. Kotagal will carry out her role as EEOC Commissioner with an eye toward gender, racial and economic equity and advancing justice for all workers as they care for themselves and their loved ones.”