In a move that surprised EEOC staffers and employment law attorneys alike, President Trump on June 28 nominated corporate lawyer Janet L. Dhillon to chair the EEOC.
Victoria A. Lipnic, an EEOC member for 10 years and the commission’s acting chair since January, was assumed to have the inside track to take on that role permanently.
Dhillon is executive vice president and general counsel of the Burlington Stores retail chain. She began her career as an attorney with the Skadden Arps law firm, followed by stints as general counsel at JC Penney and US Airways.
Her nomination is for a five-year term that will expire July 1, 2022.
Assuming Dhillon is confirmed, Lipnic will resume her normal EEOC term as an EEOC commissioner, serving until 2020. Commissioner Jenny Yang’s term expired July 1, leaving one EEOC slot unfilled. Also vacant is the position of EEOC general counsel. ###