No, my posting title above does not refer to DC’s excellent Metro system. Instead, this post is about possible cabinet appointments in the coming Trump administration.
In the rumored short list for cabinet picks, the sole name mentioned for Sec. of Labor is Victoria Lipnic, currently EEOC Commissioner. At first glance, it would seem nice of the Trump team to consider an Obama appointee. However, her bio says, “Immediately before coming to the EEOC, Commissioner Lipnic was of counsel to the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in its Washington, DC, office.” Well, who is that?
Seyfarth Shaw is a large law firm specializing on employment issues — from the employers’ point of view. In particular, one of their areas of practice is business immigration, and one of their partners in that area is Angelo Paparelli, one of the most prominent immigration lawyers in the nation. He frequently writes and speaks in favor of H-1B.
So, Lipnic’s status as an Obama appointee in charge of worker discrimination redress may mask less attractive connections.