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Regina Stephens Named EEOC’s New Chief Administrative Judge


U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission / Oct. 21, 2022
(NCCU alumna Regina Stephens)

Regina Stephens has been named to the newly created senior executive position of chief administrative judge in the Office of Field Programs, the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.

The chief administrative judge position was created to ensure focused senior level attention at the headquarters level for the agency’s National Hearings Program in support of the administration’s whole-of-government approach to equity and civil rights. The National Hearings Program provides administrative hearing services for federal employees’ equal employment opportunity complaints under Section 717 of Title VII, Section 15 of the ADEA and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, when requested after investigations by federal departments or agencies.  As chief administrative judge, Stephens will guide the program to accomplish its mission innovatively and equitably, with a particular emphasis on planning and policy development and determining program priorities and quality assurance.

Stephens, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University School of Law, began her career with the EEOC as an appellate attorney in Washington, D.C., where she worked in the Office of Review and Appeals, now the Office of Federal Operations. After several years in Washington, D.C., she returned to the Charlotte District Office as an administrative judge and was later promoted to supervisory administrative judge where she managed the federal sector hearings program for Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Before her selection, she was a member of the Office of Field Programs senior staff where she served as a National Hearings Program manager.

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