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Nabarro Nathanson’s head of employment Sue Ashtiany has been reappointed as Commissioner to the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).
The appointment heralds Ashtiany’s second three-year term at the EOC, which will last until December 2006.
Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and are expected to contribute a minimum of 12 days per annum. Ashtiany’s appointment takes the number of EOC commissioners to 13.
“I’m really pleased that Sue Ashtiany’s reappointment as a commissioner means we’ll continue to benefit from her employment law expertise,” said Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for the DTI. Ashtiany is currently the only lawyer among the commissioners. For Ashtiany, pay and pregnancy are the two key issues affecting women in the workplace today. Commenting on her reappointment, she said: “I hope to foster greater links between the commission and the legal community during my appointment, especially as we continue to face issues of gender discrimination, the pay gap and the penetration of women into senior positions.”
The EOC last year embarked on the UK’s first-ever formal investigation into pregnant women at work. It will make recommendations stemming from the report to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in February 2005.
Ashtiany is also a non-executive director of Channel 4, an honorary fellow of Harris Manchester College Oxford and a member of the Court of Oxford Brookes University.