The Obama adminstration’s not letting up on employers any time soon. Latest evidence: A proposed 9.5% increase in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s budget.
According to Gerald Maatman and Christopher DeGroff, attorneys for the national law fim Seyfarth Shaw, the EEOC hopes to increase its budget and assign more front-line investigators to its administrative investigations of employers.
Their target: “Systemic violations” — employer policies and procedures that involve groups of employees who could be victims of discrimination.
Maatman and DeGroff, quoting from the EEOC budget proposal, say the agency’s planning to “prioritize spending for the Systemic Initiative… (because) systemic cases generate substantial media and other public notice, (and) they help to deter other employers from engaging in similar prohibited conduct.”
The Obama administration estimates that the EEOC will receive 105,917 new private sector discrimination charges, topping last year’s record high of 99,922.