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Thomas J. McCammon

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Thomas J. McCammon joined Spencer Johnson McCammon LLP as an attorney and mediator following his retirement in 2013 from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) where he worked as a full-time mediator. During his ten-year federal career, Mr. McCammon mediated over 300 employment and labor cases involving both public and private sector workplaces.

Before working as an EEOC Mediator, Mr. McCammon was the Director of the San Diego Local Office of EEOC. The EEOC is the federal enforcement agency administering the federal laws against employment discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Equal Pay Act; and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

From 2001 to 2007, Mr. McCammon was the Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the U.S. Department of the Navy in San Diego. In this position, he evaluated civilian EEO complaints and directed their investigation. As Deputy EEO Officer, Mr. McCammon was also Director of the Navy's Dispute Resolution Center, overseeing staff mediators and dispute resolution specialists in their efforts to resolve EEO complaints, personnel appeals, union grievances, and other disputes through mediation and facilitation. As a certified workplace dispute mediator, Mr. McCammon personally conducted a substantial number of these mediations and facilitations. Additionally, he trained federal employees, supervisors, and managers in EEO and human resources topics such as collective bargaining, reasonable accommodation, alternative dispute resolution, and sexual harassment prevention.

Before his law career, Mr. McCammon was President and Chief Shop Steward of Ironworkers Local 627 in San Diego. In that capacity, he was the principal in-plant union representative for a diverse, multi-ethnic bargaining unit of 2,000 private-sector, blue-collar workers at a large San Diego shipyard. He managed and directed the union's aggressive grievance activity and was a principal negotiator in the union's collective bargaining.

Mr. McCammon graduated from San Diego State University in 1974 with a B.A. in Classical Literature. He attended California Western School of Law, graduating with a J.D. magna cum laude in 1999. In April 2009, he was awarded a Masters of Business Administration degree with specialization in Alternative Dispute Resolution from National University. Mr. McCammon has served as an adjunct instructor for the Labor Studies program of the San Diego Community College District, teaching college-level courses in subjects such as grievance handling and dispute arbitration.

In 2007 and 2008, Mr. McCammon was a partner in Spencer Rice & McCammon, LLP, representing employees and unions. He spent two years as an attorney for Senior Citizens Legal Services/Elder Law and Advocacy in San Diego.


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American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S. labor force

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