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November 17, 2013
The director of California’s Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing, Phyllis Cheng, spoke to USC students Thursday morning in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center in a seminar titled “Current Trends in Gender Discrimination and Housing Discrimination.”
     Cheng has been serving as the director of DFEH since 2008. She was appointed by then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and was subsequently confirmed by the California state senate in a unanimous vote. Prior to her work at the department, she earned her Ph.D. from USC and a law degree from Southwestern Law School. As a lawyer, she specialized in civil rights law, working at both private firms and the Civil Rights Enforcement Section of the California Dept. of Justice. In 2012, Cheng was named the Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year.
     Cheng spoke to a group of students from the Marshall School of Business, the Price School of Public Policy and the Gould School of Law. She explained how the Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing defends California residents from discrimination against all kinds of factors, including age, race, gender, religion and disability. Recently, Cheng commissioned the UCLA-RAND Center for Law and Public Policy to look at the department’s data for the past decade.