The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws, has lost 20 percent of its work force since 2001. And it may suffer another budget cut in the coming FY2007 federal budget.
In response, a federal-employee labor union has taken the unusual step of launching an ad campaign aimed at convincing Congress to reverse those planned budget cuts. The American Federation of Government Employees is running radio and newspaper ads in several large markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and the Washington, D.C., area.
Meanwhile, more than 100 members of Congress (mostly Democrats) have signed a letter urging the budget committee to increase funding. One main reason: Those lawmakers say that current budget projections would increase the backlog of pending private-sector discrimination charges.