(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Thursday, February 06, 2003

employment law
The President has nominated a new General Counsel to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the top lawyer in the agency charged with enforcing such laws as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. His qualifications seem to be that, before a recent stint in the Bush Administration's Department of Labor, he spent a few years representing employers in discrimination suits (with no published appellate decisions in employment law cases to his credit, as near as I can tell from Lexis) and was -- did you even have to ask? -- part of the Ken Starr investigatory team. I don't know the guy personally, but my reasonable inference, until and unless different information comes to my attention, is that this is simply one more instance of non-compassionate conservatism from the Bush Administration, and one more nomination of a young aggressive ideologue. (Jumping to conclusions, I hear my friendly conservative readers say. But do you know of any non-ideologues who left nice jobs to go work for Starr's Clinton investigation???)

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