Making Noises and Breaking the Silence on Sexual Harassment

Region 1 of the Federal Interagency Working Group organized a special workgroup featuring leaders from several federal agencies to discuss how the federal government is responding and handling sexual harassment in college campuses, nursing homes, employment, housing and sexual assaults. Attend this panel and you will get an agency update and hear about resources that are available for victims of sex harassment.  Agencies represented on this panel include the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Health and Human Services. 

Moderator

Anthony Pino, Enforcement Supervisor, EEOC, Boston Area Office

Anthony Pino, Enforcement Supervisor is an eight -year veteran of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Boston Area Office. Anthony started with the Commission in December of 2009 as an investigator and was promoted to Enforcement Supervisor in October of 2014. Anthony has an extensive military and law enforcement background. He served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Deputy Sheriff for Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Air Marshal and served as an adjunct hand to hand combat instructor for the agency, and Police officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Anthony has experience investigating complex, systemic, pattern and practice and class cases for the EEOC. Anthony has received many awards during his tenure with the EEOC to include but not limited to, the District Directors Award and Sustained Performance Awards.

Panelists

Dan Weaver, Region I, Enforcement Branch Chief, HUD

Daniel Weaver is the Enforcement Branch Chief for Region I in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (HUD). He oversees and supervises all of HUD’s civil rights investigations for the six New England states. He has investigated or settled hundreds of Fair Housing Act investigations all over the country from Downeast Maine to the Gulf Coast to the Rocky Mountains. He was HUD’s investigator that handled the investigation of a Fair Housing Act case that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Mobile, Alabama settled in December 2010 for 1.25 million dollars. Daniel joined HUD in September 2006, after earning a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar and 2003 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Susan Pezzullo Rhodes
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Manager

Susan Pezzullo Rhodes, J.D., serves as Regional Manager for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, New England. Susan has worked in civil rights and public service for over 20 years.  Susan has been with OCR in various investigative, leadership and management positions for 16 years and is currently responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive program of technical assistance and enforcement to ensure compliance with HIPAA regulations and federal civil rights regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex or religion in programs or activities receiving HHS assistance. Susan provides leadership, sets regional priorities and coordinates and directs all of the regional office’s enforcement, outreach and educational activities.


Jennifer Serafyn, Attorney, US DOJ

Jennifer A. Serafyn is the Chief of the Civil Rights Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. The Civil Rights Unit enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in the areas of education, housing, employment, land use, and religious exercise, among others.

Jennifer is also a Lecturer in Law at Boston University School of Law.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2008, Jennifer worked as an associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP where her practice focused on employment law. Jennifer graduated from Boston University School of Law and Boston College.


Rhonda Aubin-Smith, District Director, OFCCP

Rhonda Aubin-Smith, serves as the District Director for the Boston District Office of the Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Beginning her career with OFCCP in 2000, Rhonda has worked as a Compliance Officer and an Assistant District Director prior to taking on her District Director responsibilities in 2011. Rhonda holds a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts and a Masters in Human Relations. The Boston District Office covers Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts. As the District Director Rhonda ensures that her office uphold the purpose of the OFCCP – to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of affirmative action and equal opportunity required of those who do business with the government.