- Written by Riha Pathak
On January 26, 2017, President Donald Trump appointed Victoria Lipnic as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chairperson. Previously, Lipnic served as a commissioner on the EEOC since March 2010. Lipnic was appointed by President Barack Obama and nominated for a second term in 2015. Prior to her time at the EEOC, Lipnic served as assistant secretary for employment standards at the U.S. Department of Labor during President George W. Bush’s administration. Lipnic was also a member of the workforce policy counsel for the majority Republican members on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Lipnic believes “equal employment opportunity is critical to all Americans and to how we define ourselves as a nation.” She was one of two commissioners on the EEOC who voted against including sexual orientation discrimination as a gender discrimination classification under Title VII. She also voted against the EEOC’s 2014 pregnancy discrimination guidance due to concerns about its substance. Moreover, during her tenure at the Department of Labor, Lipnic oversaw the creation and implementation of the revised regulations concerning overtime, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and compensation discrimination as regulated by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program.
- Written by Gregory Blueford
Today, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on immigration: the first directs federal agencies to begin construction of a wall along the Mexican border, and the second deals with measures regarding immigration enforcement. President Trump, who consistently stated Mexico will pay for the wall, now claims Mexico will reimburse the federal government for the wall’s construction without specifying how such reimbursements will occur. Under this order, the head of each executive department and agency has 30 days to identify and quantify all sources of direct AND indirect federal money sent to the Mexican government over the past five years, which includes money sent for development, humanitarian, and military aid. This provision hints at how the President intends for Mexico to “pay” for the wall.