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Peggy Young, left, who sued UPS for alleged pregnancy discrimination, was accompanied by her attorney Sharon Fast Gustafson, outside the U.S. Supreme Court in December 2014. Credit: AP

Sharon Fast Gustafson, a solo practitioner in Virginia who’s long represented employees and companies in labor and management fights, was picked Monday as general counsel to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Gustafson is a former Jones Day lawyer who, since 1996, has run her own practice from Arlington, Virginia, where she specialized in discrimination, whistleblower cases and adoption, among other employer-related cases. She has appeared in administrative and federal court actions on behalf of workers and businesses. In 2014, she advocated for a pregnant worker in a U.S. Supreme Court case that created a new test for discrimination law.

The U.S. Justice Department filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of claims brought by Gustafson’s client, Peggy Young, who sued United Parcel Service Inc.

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