Bloomberg Law
Feb. 27, 2020, 1:00 PM

White House’s EEOC Staff Cut Plan Highlights Dwindling Workforce

Paige Smith
Paige Smith
Reporter
Jaclyn Diaz
Jaclyn Diaz
Reporter

The federal agency that polices workplace discrimination and harassment is preparing for a drop in staffing levels that would continue a long-term downturn and is raising concerns among lawyers for businesses and workers.

The White House wants to trim approximately 14% of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission employees from the agency’s payroll next year. Although Congress is likely to reject the request, EEOC staffing levels are already down more than 13% in the last decade, and nearly 40% since 1980.

The agency has already acknowledged that its backlog of pending cases would likely grow if the cuts are approved. That would ...

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