The EEOC recently sent a powerful signal about its enforcement priorities when it published newly revised employer guidance on workplace race and color discrimination.
The message: Employee complaints of race bias or color bias will be pushed to the top of the EEOC's inbox. The agency will also be looking for cases to test its new interpretations of race-discrimination law.
The EEOC's revisions are applied to its Compliance Manual Section on Race and Color Discrimination. Those revisions don't alter the rules or change the federal Title VII anti-discrimination law, but they do lay out new guidance on what the EEOC considers to be illegal race and color discrimination. (To access the manual, go to www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/race-color.html.)
Race discrimination includes bias in any employment decision (hiring, firing, pay, promotion, work conditions, etc.) based on the person's ancestry, or on physical or cultural character...(register to read more)