According to recent news reports, the agency will target labor law enforcement in several locations in the country and will increase the investigation of what it calls ’systematic discrimination,’ which the agency describes as “a pattern or practice, policy, or class case where the alleged discrimination has a broad impact on an industry, profession, company or geographic area.”
The said enforcement will eye on equal pay, hiring barriers, and protections for immigrant, migrant and vulnerable workers, reports said.
Also, professional analysts speculated that the agency will focus on access to the legal system for employees, the prevention of harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals to its protected classes.
Meanwhile, the agency is not yet giving its comment on the matter.
Moreover, reports claimed that the agency recovered $36 million from systemic discrimination investigation alone last year. In fact, it is four times as much as it did in the previous year.
Over all, the agency had recovered a total of $365.4 million in monetary relief last year. It is likewise the highest monetary recovery that the agency has ever achieved through its administrative process. In addition, EEOC also recovered some $44.2 million in settlements of 254 different lawsuits.
Apparently, while many employers are committed in ensuring the safety and harmony on the workplace, there are also some who often take advantage of its employees. More often, employers ignore the employees’ rights and prevent them from getting the benefits that they deserve under the law. Fortunately, a lot of Los Angeles employment lawyers aim to protect aggravated employees from unfair employers.