Scalia was named among the 100 most powerful employment lawyers in the U.S. and has a record of fighting labor laws on behalf of large corporations, such as Walmart, Boeing, UPS, and SeaWorld
On September 26, 2019 the Senate confirmed Eugene (Gene) Scalia, son of former Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia, as the Secretary of Labor. This placement fills the position that has remained opened since July 19, 2019 when it was vacated by Alexander Acosta.
Scalia previously worked as a partner for corporate law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, DC and held the following roles:
• Co-chaired the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Group;
• Co-chaired the Labor and Employment Practice Group for 12 years;
• Member of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group; and
• Served on the Executive and Partnership Evaluation Committees.
Scalia was recognized in the 2019 Guide to World-Class Employment Lawyers by Human Resource Executive magazine and Lawdragon as one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in the United States. Like his father, he is also a member of the conservative Federalist Society.
Democrats and labor leaders have been protesting Scalia’s nomination since he doesn’t have a great track record for fighting for workers and successfully helped large Corporations win major battles against discrimination claims, union negotiations, and contributions to employee’s health care plans.
During his confirmation, Scalia promised senators that his experience defending corporations has nothing to do with how he will enforce law and that he will look out for workers. According to the Washington Post, he fought for employee rights during a brief stint as the DOL’s chief lawyer during the George W. Bush administration.