Ever Hear of E-RACE? Me Neither.

In a press release newsletter I receive from the EEOC I was reading about a staffing company being sued by EEOC and losing. In the article there was a reference to a February 2007 initiative by the EEOC called E-RACE. Being the curious type, and having never heard anything about this, I followed the link. I discovered that E-RACE stands for Eradicating Racism And Colorism from Employment. As the introduction says “In an effort to identify and implement new strategies that will strengthen its enforcement of Title VII and advance the statutory right to a workplace free of race and color discrimination, EEOC is instituting the E-RACE Initiative.

“The E-RACE Initiative is designed to improve EEOC’s efforts to ensure workplaces are free of race and color discrimination. Specifically, the EEOC will identify issues, criteria and barriers that contribute to race and color discrimination, explore strategies to improve the administrative processing and the litigation of race and color discrimination claims, and enhance public awareness of race and color discrimination in employment. As a framework for implementing the E-RACE Initiative, EEOC has developed a set of detailed E-RACE goals and objectives to be achieved within a 5-year timeframe from FY 2008 to FY 2013.” You can click on the link to see these objectives.

My first thought in reading this was “I thought that is what the EEOC has supposed to have been doing all along. Why is it a new initiative?” They go on in their verbage to ask the question “Why Do We Need E-RACE?” They answer the question with a discussion of how many claims there are and how they seem to be increasing. Well that is fine. And racsim and colorism do need to be eradicated. But the real reason for this new initiative seems to be that the EEOC has not been doing their job as well as they should have and they needed to kick themselves in the butt and did so by this new “initiative.”

In addition to racism and colorism there are also other increasing areas of discrimination. What about AGEISM? As a baby-boomer I would like more protection there. How about another initiative? I suggest PAGE, Protecting Another Graying Employee! Tell me what else you would like to see.

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