EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP)

Employers take note:  the EEOC has issued an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) for fiscal years 2017-2021.

What’s a Strategic Enforcement Plan?

The EEOC’s SEP describes the areas that will be a priority focus for its enforcement efforts over a particular period of time.  In some instances, it describes a particular component of the employment

Last year at this time, we posted some of the statistics set forth in the EEOC’s annual end-of-the-fiscal-year Performance Report (“PAR”).  See http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/index.cfm.

We have just received the latest EEOC annual report for FY 2014 – and we set forth below the relevant results. See the EEOC web site: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/2014par.pdf.

As last year, 

Another employer has settled a GINA class action brought by the EEOC – for $187,500.

The EEOC told a Practising Law Institute conference two years ago of a number of workplace issues which it planned to address, one of which was  targeting violations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”).  The law was new (2009),

We have written before about the EEOC’s announced intent, as per its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”), to protect “vulnerable” workers.  We said on June 5, 2014: “‘The most vulnerable workers’ — this is a part of the EEOC’s strategic plan for enforcement.  Protecting them, that is, as we noted before – think farm workers,

Last January, we posted about a newly-filed EEOC lawsuit which alleged that a  nursing care facility offered two part-time positions to an applicant who is deaf (dietary aide/assistant cook).  The claim was that when he was called in for a follow-up interview with different managers he was “grilled about his ability to communicate,” after which

Reuters reported yesterday that the EEOC has just sued a pawn shop chain in Brooklyn and Queens (that’s NYC), owned by a convicted fence known as “Fat Frank.”  The EEOC alleged that he fired five female employees after they complained that he called virtually all of the 40 female employees, who are mostly Hispanic, racial

“The most vulnerable workers” — this is a part of the EEOC’s strategic plan for enforcement.  Protecting them, that is, as we noted before — think farm workers, migrant workers, workers in isolated areas, and mentally-challenged Henry’s Turkey workers.  (It also appears to be on the radar elswehere, as our similar recent blog about