The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan for the next five years includes a new focus on what the commission calls the “complex employment relationships and structures in the 21st century workplace” and renewed emphasis on combatting backlash against Muslims, Sikhs and people of Arab, Middle Eastern and South Asian descent.
An EEOC statement said, “tragic events in the United States and abroad have increased the likelihood of discrimination against these communities.”
The EEOC’s emphasis on new employment contexts is expected to address discrimination issues affecting temporary workers, staffing agencies, independent contractor relationships and the on-demand economy.
The plan, released Oct. 17, covers fiscal years 2017 to 2021.
“This SEP builds on the EEOC’s progress in addressing persistent and developing issues by sharpening the agency’s areas of focus and updating the plan to recognize additional areas of emerging concern,” said EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang.
EEOC enforcement priorities will include:
- Eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring
- Protecting vulnerable workers, including immigrant and migrant workers, and underserved communities from discrimination
- Ensuring equal pay protections for all workers
- Preserving access to the legal system for victims of discrimination and harassment
- Preventing systemic harassment.
Read the EEOC’s 2017–2021 Strategic Enforcement Plan at www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/sep-2017.cfm.