EEOC to Announce Launch of E-Race Initiative

Posted on February 23, 2007

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced in a press release yesterday that it plans to unveil a national initiative called E-RACE, short for "Eradicating Racism and Colorism from Employment," on Wednesday, February 28, 2007.

The press release explains that,

Under the E-RACE Initiative, the EEOC will utilize administrative and litigation procedures to combat and correct employment practices that discriminate against individuals and classes based on race and color; enhance public awareness of the persistence of race and color discrimination in employment through education, training, and outreach; and partner with stakeholders and employer groups to implement best practices that foster inclusiveness and diversity.

Race discrimination has been the most frequent type of charge filed with the EEOC since the agency’s opening in 1965. In fiscal year 2006, more than 27,000 charges of race discrimination were filed with EEOC offices nationwide, accounting for approximately 36% of the agency’s private sector caseload.  (See earlier post on Job Discrimination Filings Rise in 2006).

N. DeWayne Pope, DeWayne Pope LLC 

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