The US Senate on Friday has confirmed appointment of Indian-American civil rights lawyer Seema Nanda as the Labour department's new solicitor.
The decision that came out of the senate vote was hugely applauded by the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus chair Judy Chu.
“I am thrilled to congratulate Seema Nanda on her confirmation to serve as Solicitor for the Department of Labour. Whether it’s risks from coronavirus, rising temperatures from climate change, or unscrupulous employers, workers continue to face difficult challenges every day,” she said.
This is why it’s so significant that President Joe Biden chose somebody with Nanda’s experience as the Solicitor of Labour, she said.
“Her office will play a central role in fighting legal battles and challenges. With experience as the deputy solicitor and chief of staff at the Department of Labour under Secretary Tom Perez, I know that Seema will be a champion for workers’ rights and vulnerable communities from the very start,” Chu said.
Nanda served as chief of staff, deputy chief of staff and deputy solicitor at the US Department of Labour in the Obama-Biden administration.
Earlier, she spent over 15 years in various roles as a labour and employment attorney, mostly in government service.
Nanda led the now named Office of Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of the US Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division where she served as a supervisor attorney in the Division of Advice at the National Labour Relations Board and worked as an associate in private practice in Seattle.
After the Obama-Biden administration, Nanda led the Democratic National Committee as the CEO and served as the COO and executive vice president at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Nanda is presently a fellow at Harvard Law School's Labour and Worklife Programme.
She grew up in Connecticut and is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School.
(With PTI Inputs)