EEOC updates Strategic Enforcement Plan for Fiscal Years 2017-2021

Two areas added to the emerging issues priority

Posted October 20, 2016

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021.

The agency’s plan continues to prioritize the areas identified in its previous SEP, with some modifications:

  • Eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring;
  • Protecting vulnerable workers, including immigrant and migrant workers, and underserved communities, from discrimination;
  • Addressing selected emerging and developing issues;
  • Ensuring equal pay protections for all workers;
  • Preserving access to the legal system; and
  • Preventing systemic harassment.

Notable updates made by this SEP are the addition of two areas to the emerging issues priority:

  1. Problems related to complex employment relationships in the 21st century workplace; and
  2. Backlash discrimination against those who are Muslim or Sikh, or persons of Arab, Middle Eastern or South Asian descent, as well as persons perceived to be members of these groups.

The lack of diversity in technology and the increasing use of data driven screening tools, highlighted by recent Commission meetings, are also recognized as focus areas within the priority on barriers to recruitment and hiring.

As the Commission reinforces its efforts to address pay discrimination based on sex, this SEP also includes combatting pay discrimination that persists based on race, ethnicity, age, and for individuals with disabilities.

The SEP also emphasizes coordinated strategies across the EEOC to leverage the agency's resources and promote good government. An integrated approach promotes broad sharing and consideration of ideas, strategies, and promising practices and furthers collaboration and coordination throughout the agency.

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