The Commission Today
Chairwoman Ida L. Castro
Thank you for joining our historical tour of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission. I am proud of being a part of EEOC's groundbreaking work and its continuous
efforts over the years to shape and undergird the structure of employment anti-discrimination
law enforcement. During my tenure, I have sought to build upon the successes of the past by
strategically focusing agency resources and priorities to have the greatest impact on
eradicating employment discrimination.
The Commission of today is better because of the Commissions of yesterday. We
celebrate our rich past by being a vibrant, ever more critical and necessary agency. In fiscal
year1995 we began a targeted assault on the EEOC's backlog of discrimination charges.
Thanks to President Clinton's request for and Congress's appropriation of sorely needed
additional funds in fiscal year 1999, we were able to slash the backlog by a record 60% since
1995, and to embark on a number of cutting edge programs and efforts. We established a
hugely successful national mediation program, expanded our investigative staff, launched an
initiative for small and mid-sized business owners and stepped up our outreach efforts to
employees and employers to make them better aware of their rights and responsibilities under
the laws. We continued to work in partnership with our stakeholders and increased our
rulemaking and policy guidance activity. And we developed the Comprehensive Enforcement
Program, which permits maximum utilization of staff resources by increasing coordination
between our attorneys and investigators while improving the timeliness, efficiency, and
quality of enforcement and litigation efforts.
And the EEOC is stepping up its enforcement to stop egregious discrimination in its
tracks; reaching out to minority communities and under served limited-English-proficiency
communities; garnering breakthrough, major settlements across myriad industries; opening
doors for people with disabilities, addressing the concerns of low wage earners; vigorously
enforcing the laws to remedy harassment and retaliation; and ensuring that national origin and
wage-based gender discrimination does not go unchallenged.
As we continue to forge full speed ahead toward fulfilling our mission, the EEOC will
forever be inspired by those who went before and never be deterred from its mission to rid
the American workplace of illegal discrimination.