EEOC Unveils New Webpage Explaining Systemic Discrimination Enforcement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 8, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) unveiled a new webpage on its website – “Systemic Enforcement at the EEOC” – that explains the use of administrative and litigation tools used to identify and pursue systemic discriminatory practices, according to an EEOC press release.

The webpage provides transparency about how the EEOC approaches systemic discrimination enforcement, provides background on how the EEOC determined that systemic enforcement is effective, explains how the EEOC determines what is systemic discrimination, and details the process of conducting a systemic case.

The EEOC defines “systemic” cases as “pattern or practice, policy and/or class cases where the discrimination has a broad impact on an industry, profession, company or geographic location.” While systemic discrimination can affect significant numbers of employees or job applicants, it can also impact small numbers as well.

“The EEOC is strongly committed to making our processes fully transparent and useful to the public,” EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon stated in the press release. “Systemic enforcement is an important mechanism the Commission uses to remedy discrimination that has broad impacts on industries, professions, or geographic areas.”

In November 2020, ESR News reported that the EEOC published its annual Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Agency Financial Report that showed the EEOC secured a record amount of recovery of more than $535 million for victims of workplace discrimination during Fiscal Year 2020 from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020.

The EEOC is a government agency that advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information about the EEOC is available at www.eeoc.gov. The “Systemic Enforcement at the EEOC” webpage is available at www.eeoc.gov/systemic-enforcement-eeoc.

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