Feldblum to become first openly gay EEOC Commissioner
The White House announced today that Georgetown Law Professor (and partner of yours truly) Chai Feldblum will become the first openly gay Commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After confirmation, Chai will begin a five-year term as one of five commissioners. The EEOC is responsible for issuing regulations to enforce federal anti-discrimination laws and for authorizing the initiation of major test case litigation by the Commission's legal staff.
And yes, probably the most important effect of this will be when ENDA passes. The EEOC will be the agency responsible for issuing regulations for its enforcement. Having Chai there to set the framework for the initial regulatory response to ENDA is important beyond words. Mazel tov!