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EEOC Swerves From Total Oversight of Agency Bias Litigation (1)

Jan. 14, 2021, 8:27 PMUpdated: Jan. 14, 2021, 9:33 PM

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission voted to approve a scaled-back policy shift that increases its leadership panel’s control over agency litigation, but doesn’t strip its general counsel’s remaining authority to bring and intervene in discrimination lawsuits.

The agency canceled a public meeting slated for Jan. 14 that would have tackled a proposal requiring a full commission vote on all lawsuits and friend-of-the-court briefs regardless of whether the litigation matters were routine.

The change instead allows a majority of the five-member panel to call for a full commission vote on the lawsuit in question.

The agency approved the litigation policy ...