Trump nominates General Counsel to EEOC

It's the attorney who won the ground-breaking "pregnancy accommodation" case.

President Trump has nominated Sharon Fast Gustafson to be General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. That position has been vacant since David Lopez resigned in December 2016 to return to private practice. (He's at Outten & Golden in Washington, D.C., now.)

Ms. Gustafson is a solo practitioner in Arlington, Virginia, and she represented Peggy Young in the ground-breaking case Young v. UPS, in which the U.S. Supreme Court found that employers had to accommodate pregnancy and related conditions if it made accommodations in other circumstances. (UPS and Ms. Young settled after the Supreme Court decision came down.)

I don't know a lot about Ms. Gustafson, but I am impressed with her tenacity. The EEOC declined to sue on Ms. Young's behalf, and Ms. Young lost at the district court level, and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. But Ms. Gustafson (and Ms. Young) hung in there and won big at the Supreme Court.

By the way, we're still waiting for a Senate vote on the President's other EEOC nominees, Janet Dhillon (for Chair) and Daniel Gade (for Commissioner) . . . *sigh*

Robin Shea has more than 20 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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