President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as a commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was sworn in Wednesday. The arrival of Kalpana Kotagal to the employment oversight agency gives Democrats a majority and with it an expected wave of litigation based on new strategic priorities released earlier this year. 

Kotagal, a civil rights attorney and former partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, has a background of litigating claims involving Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act, all priorities for the agency in a draft enforcement plan released earlier this year.