The EEOC received 99,922 charges of alleged discrimination in 2010, the highest number in recent history. As its workload has increased, the commission has sought greater funding so it can pursue cases in which employer hiring practices discriminate broadly against members of protected classes.
Those practices include using criminal background checks and credit-history checks to screen applicants. Also targeted: the refusal of some employers to hire people who are unemployed and searching the Internet for information about applicants.
Known within the EEOC as the “systemic initiative,” the program was a major focus of EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien’s statements in the commission’s fiscal year 2012 Congressional Budget Justification that was submitted earlier this year.
Asking for a bigger budget, Berrien stated that a “strong, nationwide systemic initiative not only ensures that agency resources are directed towards addressin...(register to read more)