Sharon Fast Gustafson

Hon. Sharon Fast Gustafson

Former General Counsel, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Sharon Fast Gustafson is the former General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). After practicing employment law for 28 years, she was nominated to serve as the General Counsel in 2018 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 1, 2019. She is the first woman to serve as General Counsel at the EEOC.

Prior to joining the EEOC, Ms. Gustafson advised and represented both employees and employers in employment-related legal matters as a solo practitioner in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She represented Peggy Young in a pregnancy discrimination complaint against UPS that culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal 6-3 holding under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act that an employer must provide to pregnant employees the same accommodations it provides to other employees with similar restrictions. Young v. United Parcel Service, 135 S. Ct. 1338 (2015). 

Ms. Gustafson began her legal career in the labor and employment law group at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., where she practiced for four years. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, in 1991.