Lipnic Won’t Seek Third Term on EEOC

Victoria Lipnic, a Republican first appointed by President Obama, has announced that she will not seek a third term as a commissioner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after her current appointment ends on July 1.

Victoria Lipnic

With only three members currently serving on the agency, that would render the EEOC quorum-less and unable to issue rulings. However, she has indicated she would be willing to stay after her term if needed. If President Trump nominates a replacement, she can stay in her position for 60 days after July 1. If he doesn’t nominate anyone, she can stay until the end of the Congressional session.

The other two members on the commission are Chair Janet Dhillon, a Republican nominated by President Trump, and Charlotte Burrows, a Democrat and Obama appointee.

Before Chair Dhillon was confirmed by the Senate, Lipnic served as acting chair. With Chai Feldblum, a Democrat, she led a task force that created guidance on workplace harassment before Trump took office. She is still at odds with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in believing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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