EEOC hears from experts: Disparate treatment in hiring remains major problem

June 23, 2011

Deliberate discrimination against job seekers based on disability, race, sex, age, national origin or other factors remains a major national problem, according to experts who presented to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The comments were heard during a meeting held by EEOC to examine disparate treatment in hiring.

Three panels of experts provided a synopsis of disparate treatment in hiring, an overview of EEOC litigation, and an overview of hiring discrimination research and training. Several panelists discussed the persistent issue of job discrimination for people with disabilities. Katharine Kores, EEOC Memphis District Director, stated, "With respect to disability, hiring discrimination remains a serious barrier to the employment of persons with disabilities."

EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien said, "The EEOC will continue to address this problem through enhanced education and outreach and through vigorous enforcement of the law."

The Commission will hold open the June 22 Commission meeting record for 15 days, and invites the public to submit written comments on any issues or matters discussed at the meeting. Send comments to: Commission Meeting, EEOC Executive Officer, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20507, or email to Commissionmeetingcomments@eeoc.gov.

For more information: Meeting of June 22, 2011 - Disparate Treatment in 21st Century Hiring Decisions