EEOC Seeks Public Input On Quality Control Plan

By Zoe Vermeulen

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is seeking public input into a Quality Control Plan it is developing as part of its Strategic Plan for the fiscal years 2012-2016. The Strategic Plan provides the framework by which the EEOC accomplishes its mission to stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination. The Quality Control Plan will revise the criteria by which the EEOC evaluates the quality of its investigations and conciliations. Criteria currently used by the EEOC measure whether a charge has been correctly categorized and filed within the agency’s data system, but do not measure whether charges are appropriately reassessed on a timely basis, how efficient and timely the investigation has been, what the investigation consisted of, or whether the investigator correctly applied the law to the facts of the charge. The EEOC would like recommendations for criteria to assess the quality of its investigations or conciliations or general recommendations for improving the quality of its intake process, investigations, and conciliations.

Suggestions must be submitted to the EEOC by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 1, 2013 and should be submitted electronically to strategic.plan@eeoc.gov or by mail at Executive Officer, Office of the Executive Secretariat, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 131 M Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20507. Submissions should include a contact e-mail and/or mailing address. Submissions will be reviewed for possible inclusion in a future EEOC Commission meeting in Washington, D.C. and if a submission is selected, the author or a representative will be invited to testify before the Commission.

The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. These laws include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.