Friday, October 12, 2018

Dreiband Confirmed As Assistant AG For Civil Rights Division

Reuters reports that Eric Dreiband was confirmed by the U.S. Senate yesterday by a vote of 50-47 to become Assistant Attorney General heading the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.  Dreiband is currently a partner at the law firm of Jones Day. Prior to that he served as the EEOC's general counsel. (Bio).  U.S. Law Week reports that many civil rights activists opposed Dreiband's nomination, recounting:
Dreiband represented the University of North Carolina when it implemented policies under the state’s since-repealed “bathroom bill,” requiring people to use gender-designated restroom facilities based on the biological sex listed on their birth certificates....
Dreiband unsuccessfully represented Abercrombie & Fitch Co. in a case in which a Muslim teenager alleged the clothing company refused to hire her because she wore a religious head scarf. He led a discrimination lawsuit challenging Abercrombie’s employee appearance requirements while at the EEOC but took the opposite position when he went into private practice.