Trump appoints Victoria Lipnic EEOC Acting Chair

She previously served as an agency commissioner during Obama presidency

Posted January 27, 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on January 25 that President Trump has named Commissioner Victoria A. Lipnic Acting Chair of EEOC. Lipnic has served as an EEOC Commissioner since 2010, having been nominated to serve by President Barack Obama, and confirmed by the Senate, initially for a term ending on July 1, 2015. President Obama nominated her to serve a second term ending on July 1, 2020, and she was confirmed by the Senate on November 19, 2015.

Acting chair is not necessarily a long-term appointment. However, Johnathon Segal, an attorney with Duane Morris, predicts that Lipnic will try to develop regulations that make it easier for human resources to maximize compliance, according to a press release issued by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Lipnic’s government experience includes service as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards from 2002 to 2009. The Employment Standards Administration oversaw the Wage and Hour Division, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Office of Labor Management Standards, and the Office of Workers Compensation Programs. During her tenure as Assistant Secretary, these divisions revised regulations on overtime, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and issued new regulations for OFCCP to evaluate compensation discrimination.

Before joining the Department of Labor, she was the Workforce Policy Counsel to the Majority (Republican) members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the U.S. House of Representatives and was an attorney for labor and employment matters for the U.S. Postal Service. Lipnic also worked as special assistant for business liaison to then-Secretary of Commerce, Malcolm Baldrige.

Lipnic received her B.A. degree in Political Science and History from Allegheny College and her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

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