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Labor: EEOC Systemic Discrimination Enforcement Here to Stay

The EEOC continues aggressive enforcement.

With a requested $18 million budget increase for 2011, the EEOC's focus on systemic discrimination cases will likely continue for years to come, putting increased pressure on employers to proactively address potential company-wide barriers to equal employment opportunity. The EEOC, the government agency responsible for enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws, already received a $23 million funding increase in its FY 2010 budget to step up enforcement efforts, including enforcement related to systemic discrimination.

Defined by the EEOC as "a pattern or practice, policy, or class case where the alleged discrimination has a broad impact on an industry, profession, company or geographic area," some examples of systemic discrimination, according to the agency, include: "discriminatory barriers in recruitment and hiring; discriminatorily restricted access to management trainee programs and to high level jobs; exclusion of qualified women from traditionally male dominated fields of work; disability discrimination such as unlawful pre-employment inquiries; age discrimination in reductions in force and retirement benefits; and compliance with customer preferences that result in discriminatory placement or assignments."

Vincent Cino

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