Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn
On August 22, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – which enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced the approval of its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022-2026 with implementation beginning immediately, according to a press release from the EEOC.
The Strategic Plan serves as a framework for achieving the EEOC’s mission to prevent and remedy unlawful employment discrimination and advance equal employment opportunity for all. The Strategic Plan also sets forth its vision of fair and inclusive workplaces with equal opportunity for all. Highlights of the plan include:
- Increased focus on systemic discrimination. The Plan emphasizes expanding the EEOC’s capacity to eliminate systemic barriers to equal opportunity in the workplace, including training staff to identify and investigate systemic cases and devoting additional resources to systemic enforcement.
- Improved monitoring of conciliation agreements to ensure workplaces are free from discrimination after the EEOC makes a finding of discrimination.
- Enhanced intake services to potential charging parties, respondents, and representatives. Under the Plan, the EEOC will focus on improving and expanding access to intake services, increasing the availability of intake interview appointments, and improving overall service to the public.
- Leverage technology and innovative outreach strategies to expand the agency’s reach to diverse populations; vulnerable communities; and small, new, and disadvantaged or underserved employers.
- Promote promising practices that employers can adopt to prevent discrimination in the workplace.
“The new Strategic Plan reflects our thoughtful assessment of the agency’s mission, goals, and objectives in light of current conditions and what we expect in the next few years,” said EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows. “I am grateful for the hard work of our staff across the agency who assisted in developing this plan.”
The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination because of a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. To learn more, visit EEOC.gov.
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