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Press Release 09-23-2022

EEOC Completes Commission Meeting Series on Future Enforcement Priorities

Meeting was the Last of Three Public Listening Sessions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) completed its third and final Commission listening session Sept. 22, “Shaping the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Priorities,” to obtain public input on future enforcement priorities.

Witnesses included representatives from civil rights and workers’ rights organizations; employer and human resource representatives; and attorneys representing plaintiffs and defendants in EEO matters. 

“Unfortunately, employment discrimination remains a persistent problem in America, and the work of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is as important as ever,” said EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows. “During these three listening sessions, we have heard about the numerous challenges facing workers --systemic discrimination, discrimination against vulnerable workers, and other emerging issues. I look forward to completing our Strategic Enforcement Plan to provide the agency with a strong roadmap for the future.”

The three listening sessions were the result of a collaborative, bipartisan process over nearly nine months to develop and obtain public input on the agency’s next Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP). The SEP will set forth long term priorities for the federal civil rights agency.

From here, the agency will continue to refine the draft document which will be posted to EEOC’s website and published in the Federal Register for public comment before a Commission vote. The public is invited to submit comment on the plan at

The first listening session was held in Buffalo, New York on Aug. 22 and focused on racial and economic justice. The second session focusing on vulnerable workers was held virtually on Sept. 12. A recording of the Sept. 22 listening session on the EEOC’s YouTube channel is available here:

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