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Saturday, June 17, 2006

More On EEOC Cuts

From the LA Times:

Job-Discrimination Claims Pile Up With Budget Cuts

A backlog of cases at the federal EEOC, which has lost 20% of its staff since 2001, is expected to grow. And fresh reductions of funding are proposed.
The backlog rose 12% from 2004 to 2005, reaching 33,562 last year.

The EEOC has lost 20% of its staff since 2001, when a hiring freeze was instituted, and it now faces budget reductions, with the Bush administration proposing to cut the agency's budget by $4 million next year.

The EEOC's case backlog is expected to be nearly 48,000 by 2007.

14 Comments:

At 7:34 AM, Blogger Changeseeker said...

One 2004 study found that federal prosecutors pursued federal civil rights charges in only 1.3% of matters referred to them from 1986 to 2003. By contrast, they pursued charges in about 51% of cases related to sexual exploitation of minors and about 40% of cases related to tax evasion.

So, maybe the additional EEOC cuts won't really increase racial injustice. I mean, how could the stats get worse?

 
At 6:40 AM, Blogger Changeseeker said...

Sorry. I meant: One 2004 study found that federal prosecuters pursued federal civil rights charges in only 1.3% of matters related to race and referred to them from 1986 to 2003...

I hate it when I'm not perfect... :-D

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger RachelsTavern said...

Changeseeker, That's exactly what I thought when I saw that post. They are so pathetic when it comes to enorcing discrimination laws that they can't get much worse.

 
At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Radfem said...

Even in its less lean years, the EEOC can only handle a small fraction of the cases that it receives. It does worsen during the years the Republicans are in power, becoming a shadow of its self. No one I ever met who filed a racial discrimination complaint in connection with employment ever got their case handled by the EEOC. The state equivalent is a bit better but not much.

As for U.S. attorneys, I've met my share of them and it doesn't surprise me they handle so few cases involving civil rights violations pertaining to race. When it comes to these things, they have always seemed reluctant to get involved, from the civil rights movement onward.

Many people think that they are more likely to file charges than county or state prosecutors but it's actually a lot less likely. They are more motivated to investigate when involved communities protest or rally police shootings for example, but I don't think they are any more willing to file charges for civil rights violations in connections with those cases.

I've heard every excuse too during one meeting with the U.S. Attorney assigned for my district several years ago as to why they can't prosecute a specific case. Not that it was a surprise to anyone who attended because the Justice Department had flown in one of its community relations people from across the country to soften the blow. But can they prosecute their city and county brothers, I think only rarely.

I was interviewed once for a patterns and practices investigation done jointly between the U.S. Attorneys and the civil rights division of a law enforcement agency. Afterwards,I was followed home by a police officer, I had my porch vandalized the next morning and the day after that ran into some police officers who made comments in front of me that made it clear they knew I had been interviewed and what I had said. So they can't even help prevent people who do cooperate with their investigations from getting harassed, which is why few people want to talk to them especially people of color who are most vulnerable to retaliatory tactics. Which is another reason why that office doesn't file criminal charges or civil actions because they have trouble building cases. But they don't understand reality and history.

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger narcozombie said...

check this thing out:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/special/immigration/4330091.html

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger Lynn Green said...

Keep up the good work.

 
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