Career and Resume of Ida L. Castro
Adversity.Net Report 12/11/98
Before her Oct. 1998 appointment as Chair of the EEOC, Ms. Castro spent a number of years
at the U.S. Department of Labor advocating for womens rights and especially for the
rights of "women of color".
According to the
Department of Labors biography of Ms. Castro: "Throughout her career as a
public servant, community activist and labor lawyer she has participated in numerous
labor, womens and Hispanic organizations..."
Given Ida Castros background, experiences, and political leanings, perhaps the most
ominous public statement she has made as the new head of the EEOC is this: "I
see this job as giving me the ability to address concerns that I have picked up throughout
my life," presumably meaning concerns about one-way discrimination and bigotry by
'whites' against minorities. This might not bode too well for the significant number
of EEOC complainants who are non-minorities.
Ms. Castro has an impressive resume which is sprinkled with lots of statements about
"the first woman to do XYZ" and "the first Hispanic woman to do
XYZ". The Clinton White House played a significant role in building Ms.
Castro's resume by fast tracking her rise through the Dept. of Labor, rapidly expanding
her government service credentials over the course of four short years, culminating with
her appointment to the EEOC. (See Clinton's multiple appointment attempts on Ms. Castro's
In October 1998 Ida Castro assumed leadership of an EEOC which has recently come under
fire for the practice of using "racial testers". "Racial
testers" are government agents or contractors who operate in pairs: one
"tester" is a minority with a fraudulent resume; and the other
"tester" is a non-minority (also with a fraudulent resume). The use of
EEOC police in this manner is designed to entice employers into hiring the fraudulent non-minority
applicant, and thus create a prima facie case for racial discrimination. Lets
see if Ms. Castro abides by the recent court rulings against this abhorrent practice.
Publicly, Ms. Castro has promised that her EEOC will engage in a much more aggressive
public relations campaign (she calls is "communicating with the public") with
the goal of changing the publics perception of the agency as intrusive, incompetent,
and racially biased against non-minorities. Given the history of EEOC, this is a
pretty tall order for a public relations campaign!
Castro Career Vita:
|1973: Municipality of Carolina, Puerto
Rico: Director of Manpower (first woman ever)
1976: Faculty of the Labor Education Center, Institute for Management and
Labor Relations, Rutgers University.
New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., senior
counsel for legal affairs.
1988: Hostos Community College (Bronx),
special counsel to the president as well as Director of Labor Relations.
1994 - 1998:
Meteoric Rise thru the upper ranks of the US Dept. of Labor
|Acting Deputy Solicitor for National
Deputy Assistant Secretary and
Director of the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (first woman ever) (1994 -
Acting Director of the Womens Bureau of DOL
(1996 - 1998)
Ida Castro was named "Director-designate" of the Womens Bureau of
DOL. The nominal title "Director-designate" marked the beginning of the
political vetting process. She was given the "Director-designate" title on
Mar. 18, 1996. Four months later, on July 29, 1996 Bill Clinton officially submitted
her nomination to the U.S. Senate for the actual position "Director" of the
Apparently, the Senate did not approve her nomination as Director, because on March 10,
1998 Bill Clinton re-submitted Ida L. Castros nomination to the Senate for the
position of Director, Womens Bureau. The Senate didnt approve that
nomination, either. Thus, Ms. Castro remained "Acting Director" for the short
balance of her tenure at the Dept. of Labor.
On June 15, 1998 Bill Clinton submitted Ida L. Castros nomination to the Senate as a
member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring on July 1, 2003.
The Senate approved this nomination and in October 1998 Ida L. Castro was sworn in as
chairwoman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Founder and co-chair of the first Hispanic
womens organization in New Jersey.
First Hispanic woman to serve as deputy campaign
manager in a successful mayoral race in New York City.
Undergraduate Study: University of Puerto Rico
Graduate Study: Masters in Labor Studies
Law Degree (Rutgers University)
First woman to receive tenure at Rutgers
Universitys Institute for Management and Labor Relations.
Born in New York City.
Grew up in Hato Rey, a suburb of San Juan, Puerto
Public Records and News:
Washington (10/26/99): EEOC's Latina Chairwoman, Ida Castro,
Protects Illegal Immigrants
On October 26, 1999 the EEOC, headed by its first Latina Chairwoman, announced a
controversial reversal of policy: EEOC will now extend the full force of its
enforcement powers to the benefit of foreign workers who are in this country
illegally. Sometimes they are known as illegal aliens, sometimes as undocumented
workers, but Ida L. Castro prefers to think of them as the victims of "national
Washington Post (11/30/98): Childhood Lessons Still Inspire New Leader of EEOC (dead link)
At age 46, Ida L. Castro "has never forgotten her (first grade) teacher's
words: 'Don't say anything to that spic.' That brief encounter with bigotry in
a Bronx classroom ...left a lasting impression on Castro. It has served as
motivation during a long career in labor relations" and in fighting for women's
rights and for minority women's rights. The EEOC which Castro joins is beset by
many critics: "...particularly small business owners see EEOC as an intrusive
bully that too often misuses its considerable powers to pursue what they see as misguided
notions of workplace bias." Stephen Bokat, general cousel for the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce, pointedly complains about the enormous cost to the business community of
responding to EEOC charges which may, in fact, be baseless. Bokat thinks the EEOC
would do well to arbitrate, mediate and negotiate as a more cost effective means of
resolving allegations of work place bias. (Story by Michael A. Fletcher, Washington
Post, Mon., 11/30/98, page A23)
Dept. of Labor Bio ('96): Ida L. Castro, Acting Director, Women's Bureau
[former link (before change to next acting administrator): was at
CQUEST Bio ('95): Deputy Ass't Sec'ty for Workers'
Compensation, U.S. DOL
Speech in New York (7-18-96): Embracing the Future of
Congressman Ed Pastor (D-Ariz) (7-24-97): Ida Castro on Discrimination Against Women
(published in the Arizona Business Gazette)
U.S. Dept. of Justice (7-97): News About Violence Against