Newsletter May 10, 2012: Meet the DOL Leadership Team - Patricia Shiu
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Her work at the Legal Aid Society in San Francisco helped reshape employment law in California and across the country. She helped establish ground-breaking employment protections for pregnant women in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, and successfully pushed California to adopt some of the strongest employment protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers in the country. In the 1990s, Shiu worked to craft California's Family Rights Act, which became the model for the federal Family and Medical Leave Act enforced today by the Wage and Hour Division. She also litigated numerous class-action cases on behalf of vulnerable populations, including students and workers with disabilities, garment and factory workers, taxi cab drivers, immigrants and individuals with limited English proficiency. Shiu is the first Asian American to lead OFCCP and has the honor of representing Secretary Solis on the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She also serves on the president's National Equal Pay Task Force, which has been charged with taking action to end pay discrimination, particularly the persisting wage gap between men and women.