Discrimination cases filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against employers are expected to increase sharply in 2022 as the agency becomes more aggressive, a report released by Chicago-based law firm Seyfarth Shaw found.

Gerald Maatman, a Seyfarth Shaw partner who has been defending companies sued by the commission for about 40 years, said Biden administration appointments and other changes in 2022 will begin to shape the agency’s litigation in 2022.