The federal agency tasked with combating workplace discrimination is about to get a Republican majority for the first time in a decade, inspiring relief among employers and anxiety among workers' rights advocates.

President Donald Trump's picks for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are attorney Janet Dhillon and George W. Bush White House policy adviser Daniel Gade. Both are expected to be confirmed after the Senate returns from recess next week. Trump is also due to nominate a new general counsel for the independent agency, which is tasked with enforcing the Civil Rights Act.

Dhillon, nominated to chair the agency, has served as general counsel for J.C. Penney Company Inc., US Airways Group, and Burlington Stores, and chaired the Retail Litigation Center, an industry group which has clashed with the EEOC in court. Gade, who lost his right leg while serving in Iraq, has drawn attention for arguing that disability benefits make wounded veterans dependent on the government. 

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