A Review of the EEOC's Systemic Initiative: Tracking its Progress, Current Priorities, and Key Developments in FY 2016

On November 16, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its annual Performance and Accountability Report, which highlights key EEOC developments over the past fiscal year, ending September 30, 2016, including review of the EEOC’s current priorities and systemic initiative.  On July 7, 2016, the EEOC also published “A Review of the Systemic Program of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,” looking back over the past decade. Based on these publications, the EEOC has been far more transparent than ever in shedding greater light on its systemic initiative.

This article reviews key aspects of these recent reports and highlights key developments over the past year as the agency continues to devote a significant amount of its limited resources to “systemic discrimination,” which it defines as “pattern-or-practice, policy and/or class cases where the alleged discrimination has a broad impact on an industry, profession, company, or geographic location.”  

A comprehensive review of key EEOC statistics, regulatory developments and litigation initiated by the EEOC will be discussed in Littler’s upcoming Annual Report on EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2016, which will be published in early 2017.

Click here to read the full Report. 

Information contained in this publication is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of an attorney.