In 2007, the EEOC introduced E-RACE, an initiative for “Eradicating Racism And Colorism from Employment.” The initiative’s goal: to eliminate recruiting and hiring practices that lead to discrimination by limiting an employer’s applicant pool.
The EEOC noted that the makeup of an employer’s workforce is “highly dependent on how and where the employer looks for candidates.” Employers that recruit from homogeneous sources (such as certain neighborhoods, schools, religious institutions or social networks) may be subject to discrimination charges.
For example, if you usually recruit at a college with few black students, the EEOC expects you also to recruit at predominantly African American colleges to reflect the diversity of the qualified labor force. The agency is also targeting word-of-mouth referrals, which tend to multiply underlying disparities in an employer’s workforce.
As the EEOC further observed, using names, crimina...(register to read more)