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EEOC Announces New Strategic Plan

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has issued a draft of its new 4-year strategic plan that is scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2012.  While the strategic plan doesn’t tell us exactly which cases the EEOC will find most important (and specific facts will generally determine the likelihood of the EEOC investigating a claim and taking enforcement action), the strategic plan paints a picture of the broad goals the EEOC has for the next 4 years, as follows:

The strategic plan calls for not only investigation and enforcement where claims are made that fall within these priorities, but also for nationwide educational outreach to try to prevent the targeted types of discrimination from occurring.  Employers should seek the assistance of counsel to revise employment policies where needed to make them consistent with the EEOC’s four-year plan.  This proactive step may protect an employer against the possibility of becoming an EEOC enforcement target, while increasing the likelihood that workers’ rights will be protected. 

The analysis set forth in this article is provided for general understanding only and should not be considered legal advice.  Counsel should always be consulted for advice regarding a specific situation.