Best practices for employers under the EEOC's new strategic enforcement plan
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its “Strategic Enforcement Plan” for years 2017 to 2021. The 2017 plan replaces the earlier version, issued in 2012, but is not a radical departure from the previous agenda. The new plan focuses on developing substantive areas, including the “gig economy,” “backlash” discrimination against Muslim and Middle Eastern employees, and discriminatory hiring and recruitment policies. It also makes clear that hot-button topics from recent years are likely here to stay. Employers are strongly urged to develop practices now to help avoid charges and withstand agency scrutiny.
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