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Olophius Perry, Esq.

District Director, Los Angeles District Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

J.D., University of Houston School of Law

Olophius E. Perry is the District Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Los Angeles District Office (LADO). The LADO has jurisdiction over counties in the Central Valley, Imperial Valley and Southern California, and counties in the southern half of the state of Nevada. In January, 2006, the LADO also assumed jurisdiction over the state of Hawaii, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, Wake Islands, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

Mr. Perry, a native of Dallas, Texas, is a graduate of the University of Houston Law School and has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1983. He joined the EEOC staff as a Trial Attorney in the Houston District Office in 1984, received various promotions and worked in various leadership positions in the Legal Units in the Baltimore District Office and Los Angeles District Office. To balance his prosecutorial background, Mr. Perry left EEOC for a two-year period and worked in the City of Houston City Attorney’s Office, defending the City at Civil Service Commission Hearings, Arbitrations, and employment litigation in state and federal court.

Mr. Perry was promoted to his current position of District Director in 2001, having served as Deputy District Director since 1997. During his tenure, the LADO has received numerous EEOC Chair Awards in recognition of innovative High Impact Class Investigations, Training, Outreach and Customer Service program initiatives. Under his leadership, the LADO spearheaded several large impact, pattern and practice discrimination investigations, including the recent $50 million settlement with Abercrombie & Fitch, a major international clothing retailer in a case alleging race and national origin discrimination in hiring and job assignments, and two major restaurant chains involving gender-segregated job positions.

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