On September 29, 2107, the EEOC announced the release of its latest version of “Digest of EEO Law“. This edition (Fiscal Year 2017, Volume 4) of the Equal Employment Opportunity Digest includes key federal sector decisions and a special article titled, “Race Discrimination in the 21st Century Workplace.”
The EEO Digest is a quarterly publication prepared by Office of Federal Operations (OFO), and features a wide variety of recent Commission decisions and federal court cases of interest. “The Digest” posted on the EEOC’s website includes hyperlinks so that stakeholders can easily access the full decisions which have been summarized. This edition of the Digest contains summaries of noteworthy decisions issued by EEOC, including cases involving: Agency Processing, Attorneys’ Fees, Class Complaints, Compensatory Damages, Dismissals, Findings on the Merits, Official Time, Remedies, Sanctions, Settlement Agreements, Stating a Claim, Summary Judgment, and Timeliness.
According to the EEOC release, the summaries they provide are neither intended to be exhaustive or definitive as to the selected subject matter, nor are they to be given the legal weight of case law in citations. In addition to the quarterly Digest, Commission federal sector decisions are available on EEOC’s website.
Digest Volume 4 2017 features a special article entitled, “Race Discrimination in the 21st Century Workplace.” This comprehensive article discusses the legal prohibitions on race discrimination in the workplace, as well as recent issues of race discrimination. The article goes on to say, “In the 21st century workplace, race discrimination has manifested in various forms that remain grounded in, but may go beyond, the individual employee’s skin color. As the EEOC has indicated in its guidance on race and color discrimination, Title VII’s prohibition of race discrimination encompasses ancestry, physical characteristics, race-linked illnesses, culture, perception, association, sub-groups, and reverse race discrimination. Further, Title VII’s prohibition on workplace race discrimination reaches racially hostile or abusive work environments.” The article then discusses issues with associational discrimination, biracial discrimination, intersectional discrimination, same race and perceived race discrimination.
“Unlawful race discrimination is one of the most frequently raised bases in EEO complaints,” said Carlton M. Hadden, director of EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations (OFO). “This article provides timely and important information regarding race discrimination in the workplace.”
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