Indian American Impact welcomes Kalpana Kotagal’s nomination to EEOC


A leading Indian American and South Asian civic organization, Indian American Impact, an organization known for nurturing and supporting Indian Americans to take more responsible roles in the community, commends the nomination of Kalpana Kotagal, who was recently nominated by US President Joe Biden for Commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Kotagal, who is the daughter of immigrants from India, is a partner at Cohen Milstein, a member of the firm’s Civil Rights and Employment practice group, and co-chair of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee.

She is the co-author of the seminal legal template ‘Inclusion Rider’.

Kotagal is also diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, and represents disenfranchised people in employment and civil rights litigation involving issues related to Title VII, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, the White House said.

She has been at the forefront of efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in hiring practices. Collaborating with civil rights organizations like Color of Change, she co-authored the Inclusion Rider, which has been adopted by major employers in Hollywood and the music industry.

“Kotagal is an exceptionally talented litigator who has been a fierce advocate for employment equity and civil rights,” said Neil Makhija, executive director of Indian American Impact.

“She has broken barriers as one of the first South Asian women to become a law partner in the plaintiffs’ bar and has been a leading voice in the national conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion.

“We are proud to give our emphatic support to her nomination and look forward to celebrating her confirmation,” Makhija said.