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Sharon Gustafson testifies Tuesday at her confirmation hearing for EEOC general counsel. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/ National Law Journal

Sharon Gustafson has spent the last three decades as a solo practitioner in Virginia taking on claims of employment discrimination for both employees and employers.

Her remarks to a U.S. Senate committee Tuesday indicate that if she’s confirmed as general counsel to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she would continue to pursue individual claims—a move from the sweeping cases taken on by her Obama-era predecessor.

“I believe one of the best ways to get a higher level of compliance or get a better handle is to go after the small, individual claims and never let up,” Gustafson told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during her confirmation hearing. “There is a place for systemic cases, but it’s important they don’t take over to the neglect of individual charges.”

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