The EEOC is considering stripping its General Counsel of its authority to initiate litigation without a full Commission vote. This would delay justice for workers who file charges with the EEOC, and could significantly reduce the number of cases the EEOC brings challenging discrimination. This proposal raises significant concerns, as this is a critical moment for civil rights, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, calls to address systemic racism, and the impact of Executive Order 13950 on diversity and inclusion efforts. NWLC and over 100 organizations dedicated to workplace fairness sent a letter to the EEOC opposing this proposed change.
When the EEOC proposed taking similar action in 2019, a letter from NWLC and 80+ organizations, in addition to media coverage, prevented the EEOC for taking this step. Read the 2019 letter here.