On February 12, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) approved its Strategic Plan (“SP”) for the 2018-2022 fiscal years. The SP provides a framework for how the EEOC plans to achieve its mission of preventing and remedying unlawful employment discrimination, advancing equal opportunity for all in the workplace, as well as plans for striving toward its vision of respectful and inclusive workplaces with equal employment opportunity for all. The SP is intended to work in conjunction with the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”). The SEP indicates the specific areas of discrimination upon which the EEOC plans to focus while the SP explains how the EEOC plans to address these targeted issues.
In its newly issued SP, the EEOC has identified three strategic objectives with corresponding outcome goals.
This new Strategic Plan lays out the EEOC’s goals for addressing the priorities it previously announced in its Strategic Enforcement Plan. While the SEP for the 2017-2021 fiscal years was first approved on October 17, 2016, it is useful for employers to keep in mind the current priorities of the EEOC. Substantive areas which the EEOC previously named as priorities include the following:
It is important for employers to be aware of both the priorities of the EEOC as well as how it plans to carry out its mission and objectives. As such, the Strategic Plan and the Strategic Enforcement Plan offer employers valuable insight into the EEOC.