Carmelyn P. Malalis, a partner at Outten & Golden LLP, was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as the new Chair of New York City Commission on Human Rights (“CCHR”), the law firm said today. Ms. Malalis will assume office in February 2015.
Ms. Malalis is Co-Chair of the firm’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Workplace Rights Practice Group and its Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group. She has successfully represented employees in matters involving claims of sexual harassment and discrimination based on race, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, disability, and religious discrimination.
New York City Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “I’m confident that with Carmelyn at the helm of CCHR, this agency will be a robust enforcer of our fundamental civil rights and improve community relations among New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs.”
Outten & Golden managing partner Wayne N. Outten said: “We are proud of Carmelyn’s public service and her leadership in the legal community. With this appointment, she will help ensure that New Yorkers have full access to the protections of our city’s human rights laws.”
Ms. Malalis said: “I am honored by this opportunity to work with the City and New Yorkers in protecting the human rights and dignity of people in our great city. We are fortunate to have one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws in the nation.”
Ms. Malalis also co-chairs the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. She is also a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Executive Committee. Ms. Malalis has previously served as an advisory committee member of the LGBT Rights Project at the Human Rights Watch, chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on LGBT Rights, and board member of Queers for Economic Justice. She earned her J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law and received a B.A. in women’s studies from Yale University. She and her spouse live in Brooklyn with their two children.
About Outten & Golden LLP
With offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, Outten & Golden represents individuals, including employees, executives, partners, professionals and talent, in all industries, in all professions, and at all employment levels. As advocates for workplace fairness, the firm’s attorneys in 10 practice areas advise and represent clients in matters involving former, current, and potential future employers and partnerships. O&G also represents groups of employees, such as executive teams in transition and employees with claims based on discrimination and wage-and-hour violations. The firm’s international practice reaches across borders to represent and protect multinational employees, executives, and professionals.
Contacts: Wayne N. Outten and Carmelyn P. Malalis, Outten & Golden LLP, 212.245.1000.