EEOC Focuses on Systemic Discrimination

Employers can expect bigger and better lawsuits from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2014. Specifically, the federal agency is looking for patterns of discrimination against pregnant women and people with disabilities. An annual report from Seyfarth Shaw, a management litigation practice, says that while several claims were litigated last year, internal control problems at the EEOC may be a challenge in 2014.  “The absence of meaningful internal controls and oversight, in turn, resulted in significant setbacks for the commission, in terms of having to pay sanctions given the agency’s tight budget. It remains to be seen whether the EEOC takes to heart the criticism of its litigation and enforcement tactics.”

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