Leslie E. Silverman, Esq., is a shareholder at Fortney & Scott, LLC where she counsels and advises clients on complying with workplace laws, dealing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, other government agencies and Congress, and on a wide range of workplace issues, including employment screening and diversity and recruitment and retention programs. Ms. Silverman also conducts workplace investigations and represents clients before the EEOC and other government agencies.
Ms. Silverman served as the Vice Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission until September 2008, and as a Member of the Commission starting in 2002. As a Member of the EEOC, Ms. Silverman oversaw the development and approval of enforcement policies, authorized litigation, and issued Commissioner’s charges of discrimination. While at the Commission, Ms. Silverman initiated and led the EEOC’s Systemic Task Force, which examined the EEOC’s efforts at combating systemic discrimination. In April 2006, the Commission unanimously adopted the Task Force recommendations. Ms. Silverman also helped spearhead the Commission’s examination of discrimination against workers with caregiving responsibilities, and this effort culminated in the issuance of EEOC enforcement guidance. During her tenure on the Commission, Ms. Silverman led an effort to expand and enhance the EEOC’s mediation program in partnership with the American Bar Association.