Information in support of Tom Perez's nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Labor
Tom's Work On:
Under Perez’s leadership, the Justice Department held schools liable for discrimination, prevented retaliation against students who exercise their rights, help to eliminate discriminatory school policies that deny women admission, ensured equal opportunities for men and women in sports, and hold schools liable for addressing and preventing sex-based harassment.
Under Perez, the Department has been actively working to address the school-to-prison pipeline, investigating numerous complaints of disparate discipline in schools and co-hosting, with the Department of Education, a first-of-its-kind convening of researchers, advocates and policy makers to address best practices for keeping students in school.
A coalition of 82 national organizations representing the broad diversity of our country recently called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Tom Perez to be Labor Secretary.
In their joint letter to the Senate, the groups point to Perez’s leadership of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice as a key factor in their endorsement, stating that “Mr. Perez helped build consensus with stakeholders to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society….He has also been a tireless champion of voting rights, disability rights, equal educational equity, and has prosecuted some of the most heinous hate crimes in recent memory. ”
“Mr. Perez recognized the important role that community colleges play in the education of our
state’s workforce, and was a tremendous partner at a time of rising unemployment and increased need for community college services. At this time of great transformation for our nation’s workforce, his vision will serve workers, employers and our nation well.”
-Dr. Guy Altieri, chair of the Maryland Council of Community College Presidents and president of Hagerstown Community College