During his first few weeks in office, President Trump has consistently left working people behind by selecting employer-focused individuals to lead his administration. On January 25, 2017, President Trump continued this pattern by selecting Victoria Lipnic to serve as the acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. The EEOC is a critically important watchdog, tasked with ensuring that discrimination against employees has no place in American workplaces.
President Obama selected a lifelong advocate for employees, Jenny Yang, as the chair of this important commission. President Trump, to the contrary, selected someone to chair the commission, Victoria Lipnic, who worked for a national employer-defense law firm named Seyfarth Shaw before joining George W. Bush’s Department of Labor in 2002.
With the EEOC led by an employer-focused lawyer, employees will increasingly have to address workplace discrimination, including illegal pay practices, on their own through consultation with lawyers who put workers first.
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