Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
On November 15, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) which reported significant increases in outreach efforts and enforcement actions to prevent and remedy unlawful employment discrimination during FY 2018 ending September 30, 2018, according to an EEOC press release. EEOC FY 2018 highlights include:
- The launch of a nationwide online inquiry and appointment system as part of the EEOC Public Portal resulted in a 30 percent increase in inquiries and over 40,000 intake interviews.
- EEOC outreach programs reached 398,650 individuals, providing them with information about employment discrimination and their rights and responsibilities in the workplace. To address persistent workplace harassment, the EEOC conducted more than 300 Respectful Workplaces trainings that reached over 9,800 employees and supervisors in the private, public and federal sectors.
- The EEOC secured approximately $505 million and other relief for over 67,860 victims of discrimination in the workplace. The EEOC’s legal staff resolved 141 merit lawsuits, filed 199 more in FY 2018, and filed 29 amicus curiae briefs on significant legal issues in employment discrimination cases.
- The EEOC also made significant progress in reducing its backlogs, reporting a 19.5 percent reduction in its private sector charge backlog, a 19.4 percent reduction in the backlog of federal employee appeals, an 8.6 percent reduction in the backlog of federal employee hearings, and a 7.6 percent reduction in the backlog of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
“Many people in thousands of workplaces around the country depend every day on the work of the EEOC. I am proud to say that the EEOC met the increased demand for our expertise, for information and training, and for strong enforcement to combat all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment,” Victoria A. Lipnic, EEOC Acting Chair, stated in a previous press release about the PAR. The EEOC PAR for FY 2018 is available at www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/upload/2018par.pdf.
In September 2018, ESR News reported the EEOC had reached an agreement with furniture retailer Rooms To Go to implement revised criminal background check policies to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. The agreement was reached to resolve allegations of race discrimination raised by a black applicant whose offer of employment was rescinded by Rooms To Go’s background check policies.
In April 2012, the EEOC approved an updated ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ that has greatly impacted how employers hire in the United States. The EEOC enforcement guidance help employers understand the best way to handle the criminal history of job applicants when hiring. The EEOC guidance is available at www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm.
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen has written a white paper entitled “Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the EEOC Criminal Record Guidance” to give examples and suggestions on what employers should do to remain in compliance when considering the criminal history of job applicants when hiring. To learn more, please visit www.esrcheck.com/Tools-Resources/Whitepaper-Library/EEOC-Criminal-Record-Guidance/.
ESR Offers Clients an EEOC Toolkit
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – offers an EEOC Toolkit that reduces the time and effort needed for compliance with EEOC guidance on the use of criminal records and includes templates for job analysis, risk assessment, and Green Factors reviews. ESR’s free proprietary EEOC Toolkit provides a set of software tools that are available only to ESR clients. To learn more about the EEOC Toolkit, visit www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Solutions/EEOC-Toolkit/index.php.
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