President Trump Announces Nomination for EEOC General Counsel
On March 19, 2018, President Trump Nominated Sharon Gustafson as General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for a term of four years. For twenty-six years, Ms. Gustafson has practiced before the EEOC and the federal courts, in a wide variety of employment-related disputes. After receiving her J.D. with honors from Georgetown University in 1991, she worked in the labor and employment law section of the law firm Jones Day. Since 1996 she has been engaged in the solo practice of law, advising and representing both employees and employers. In 2016 the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association awarded her its Lawyer of the Year award “in recognition of outstanding dedication to Civil Rights, Equality, and Justice.” That award recognized Ms. Gustafson’s work–starting at the EEOC and culminating at the U.S. Supreme Court–as plaintiff’s counsel in Young v. UPS, in which Ms. Gustafson won legal protections for pregnant workers nationwide. Ms. Gustafson and her husband live in Virginia and have nine children and eleven grandchildren.