If sequestration occurs in March, the EEOC stands to have its budget slashed by between $23 million and $30 million – a cut of between 6.5% and 8.2%.  Employee furloughs would undoubtedly follow, and a backlog of cases would grow.  


An American Federation of Government Employees spokesperson said that "For all intents and purposes, the United States would cease to have enforceable civil rights in the workplace should sequestration occur."