On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC” or “Commission”) unveiled the adoption of its 2017-2021 Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”). The SEP, which was approved by a 3-2 vote, outlines the Commission’s goals and strategies for enforcing the anti-discrimination laws under its purview for the next four years. On the whole, the agency’s chief substantive enforcement priorities remain largely unchanged. Similar to the 2012-2016 iteration, the updated SEP reaffirms the Commission’s focus on the following six substantive areas:

  1. Eliminating Barriers in Recruitment and Hiring;
  2. Protecting Vulnerable Workers, Including Immigrant and Migrant Workers, and Underserved Communities from Discrimination;
  3. Addressing Selected Emerging and Developing Issues;
  4. Ensuring Equal Pay Protections for All Workers;
  5. Preserving Access to the Legal System; and
  6. Preventing Systemic Harassment.

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