EEOC Anticipates Class-Wide Actions Over Discrimination
Lane Powell Shareholder Susan Eggum recently authored an article in the November 2 issue of Portland Business Journal titled “EEOC Anticipates Class-Wide Actions Over Discrimination.” The article summarizes the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) draft Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”). In September of 2012, the EEOC announced that it would be adopting a plan to focus on large-scale patterns of discrimination that affect classes of employees. The draft makes it clear that, during the next three years, the agency will investigate and charge “broad-based, systemic and class-wide” allegations of discrimination in the screening of job applicants. This includes pregnant applicants, discrimination in pay grades for protected workers including immigrants, and other workplace patterns of discrimination based on disability, race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, as well as gender identity. The SEP is expected to be adopted by the end of 2012.