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EEOC expands company-wide scrutiny of hiring and job assignment practices
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Barbara A. Lee

January 24, 2012

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that it plans to expand and devote additional resources to its “systemic discrimination enforcement initiative.” The EEOC’s Draft Strategic Plan for 2012-2016 builds on its “Systemic Enforcement Program,” initiated in 2008, whose purpose is to leverage limited EEOC resources to focus on “high impact” lawsuits that will “eradicate discriminatory policies and practices while obtaining relief for large numbers of individuals.” To that end, the EEOC has been scrutinizing, and will increase its attention to, the employment practices of regional and nationwide companies, entire industries, or large employers with operations in many states.

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