Judge Eli B. Bruch was appointed by the Commission on Selection and Tenure to serve as an Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings in June 2014. His current term expires in June 2022.
Judge Bruch is currently assigned to the Employment Cluster where he presides over cases pertaining to the Wage Payment and Collection Law, Unemployment Compensation Act, and the Workers' Compensation Act.
Judge Bruch was previously assigned to the Public Benefits Cluster where he adjudicated cases brought under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and the Homeless Services Reform Act. He also adjudicated cases filed under the Rental Housing Act, and conducted public school long-term suspension/expulsion hearings.
Before joining the Office of Administrative Hearings, Judge Bruch served as an Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights for almost seven years. At the Commission, he primarily adjudicated complaints filed under the Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, education, and public accommodations based on 19 protected traits. He also adjudicated cases involving the Family and Medical Leave Act, and adjudicated administrative appeals filed under the Criminal Background Checks for the Protection of Children and Youth Act.
Judge Bruch also has experience working in the private sector and for a non-profit.
From 2010 to 2014, Judge Bruch taught The Legal Environment of Employee Relations at George Mason University's School of Business as an Adjunct Professor of Business Legal Studies.
Judge Bruch earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, and a LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center.