James L. Hallman joined the New York City Department of Transportation in August 2016, serving in the dual role of Chief Diversity Officer and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer. He was appointed Assistant Commissioner of EEO, Diversity and Inclusion in May 2018. In this role, Mr. Hallman is responsible for ensuring that all prospective and current employees are provided working environments free of discrimination, retaliation and harassment. He leads DOT’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in conducting internal investigations concerning violations of DOT and Citywide EEO policy, and that which also violates federal, state and city human rights laws.
In addition to reporting directly to the Commissioner, Mr. Hallman frequently partners with DOT’s General Counsel, Human Resources Division, and other Executive Staff in addressing labor and employment-related legal issues. He also partners with external stakeholders, such as NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the Equal Employment Practices Commission (EEPC), to create policies and implement best practices that promote development of a diverse and inclusive workforce and workplace.
Prior to joining DOT, Mr. Hallman served as the inaugural Chief Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer (CDEEO) for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He began his tenure with the City in the NYC Law Department’s Labor and Employment Law Division as Assistant Corporation Counsel (ACC), where his work focused on civil rights, labor, and employment cases. As an ACC, he routinely defended the City of New York, its entities and employees, in claims arising under the various federal, state, and local laws. Mr. Hallman was responsible for handling all aspects of the litigation process for each of his cases, from commencement through trial.
Mr. Hallman graduated from Hofstra University in New York, where he triple majored in Political Science, Sociology and Africana Studies. He went on to earn a law degree from Rutgers Law School in Newark.