Strategic Plan Announces EEOC’s Enforcement Priorities

Employment Law Newsletter

In December 2012, the EEOC approved its Strategic Enforcement Plan announcing six national enforcement priorities the agency will focus on through 2016:

  1. equal pay enforcement;
  2. protecting immigrant, migrant and other vulnerable workers;
  3. addressing “emerging” issues such as pregnancy discrimination/accommodation and expanding coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals under the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII;
  4. rights of disabled individuals under the ADA;
  5. curtailment of employee job rights;

and its top priority,

  1. systemic investigations of employers to prevent unlawful discrimination/harassment.

Employers must be mindful of the EEOC’s focus when making employment-related decisions.

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