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President Biden Names Charlotte Burrows as EEOC Chair

One day after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that he has named current EEOC Commissioner Charlotte A. Burrows Chair of the EEOC and Commissioner Jocelyn Samuels Vice Chair of the EEOC.

Burrows and Samuels are Democrats and replace former Chair Janet Dhillon and former Vice Chair Keith E. Sonderling. Dhillon and Sonderling are both Republicans.

In installing a new Chair, Biden is moving much faster than former President Donald Trump. Approximately a week after Trump’s inauguration, he named an “Acting” EEOC Chair. Trump was well past the mid-point of his term in office — May 2019 — when he named an actual Chair.

As Chair, Burrows will be responsible for the administration and implementation of policy for and the financial management and organizational development of the EEOC.

Of the five presidentially appointed EEOC Commissioners, three are Republicans and two are Democrats. Absent an early departure by one of the three Republican Commissioners, the next Republican Commissioner’s term expires July 1, 2022.

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Paul Patten, Employment, Management, Attorney, Jackson Lewis Law Firm
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Paul Patten is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management in employment cases in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.

Mr. Patten’s practice focuses primarily on employment litigation and counseling. He represents employers in federal and state individual and class-based lawsuits covering a wide range of statutes and subjects, including federal and state anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws.

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