William R. Tamayo

Regional Attorney, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

William R. Tamayo was appointed in 1995 as the Regional Attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, San Francisco District. He currently directs the Commission’s litigation and legal program in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. He supervises a staff of 18 lawyers and nine support staff.

From 1979 – 1995 he was a staff attorney and the Managing Attorney for the Asian Law Caucus, Inc. of San Francisco where he emphasized the practice of immigration and nationality law and civil rights litigation and advocacy involving employment discrimination, immigrant rights, voting rights, and the Census. He was co-counsel for the plaintiff-intervenor in EEOC and Castrejon v. Tortilleria La Major, 785 F. Supp. 585 (E.D. Cal 1991) (undocumented workers are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and was on the legal team that developed the “self-petitioning provisions” for immigrant battered women under the Violence Against Women Act.

His publications include, inter alia, “The EEOC and Immigrant Workers”, 44 U. San Fran. L.R. 253 (Fall 2009), “The Role of the EEOC in Protecting the Civil Rights of Farm Workers”, 33 UC Davis L.R. 1075 (2000), “When the Coloreds Are neither Black nor Citizens: The U.S. Civil Rights Movement and Global Migration”, 2 Asian L.J. 1 (1995).

During his tenure as Regional Attorney, the EEOC San Francisco District has obtained significant settlements including among others, Arnett & EEOC v. California Public Employee Retirement System ($250 million for disabled public safety officers), EEOC v. Walmart ($3.5 million for disabled workers denied accommodations or jobs), EEOC v. 3M Company ($3.0 million for older workers laid off), EEOC v. Lockheed-Martin ($2.5 million for black avionics electrician harassed and retaliated against), EEOC v. Fry’s Electronics ($2.3 million for Asian employee terminated for alerting company to sexual harassment and for teenage Latina employee who was harassed) EEOC v. Les Schwab Tires ($2.0 million for women denied sales and service jobs), EEOC v. Tanimura & Antle ($1.855 million for sexually harassed and retaliated farm workers), EEOC v. Lowe’s Home Improvement ($1.72 million for sexual harassment of store workers), EEOC v. Kovacevich “5” Farms ($1.68 million for female farm workers denied hire) and EEOC v. Herrick Corporation ($1.11 million for 4 Pakistani Muslims harassed at work), and obtained a nearly $1 million verdict for a farm worker who was sexually harassed (raped) and retaliated against, EEOC v. Harris Farms. The work of the EEOC on behalf of farm workers was featured in a June 2013 Frontline/PBS documentary, “Rape in the Fields” and also aired on Univision.

Bill is married to Deborah J. Lee and they have two children. He is a graduate of University of California, Davis, School of Law, King Hall and earned his B.A. at San Francisco State University.