The U.S. Congress has given the EEOC an additional $15 million for 2018 and the union that represents EEOC employees has some ideas about how the money should be spent.
The American Federation of Government Employees’ (AFGE) National Council of EEOC Locals (Council 216) this week urged the EEOC to spend the money “to ensure desperately needed front-line assistance for the public.”
and give the EEOC an undeserved forum to spout righteous indignation.
ProPublica and Mother Jones recently resurrected a story about wholesale age discrimination at IBM, presenting it as a new, hard-hitting investigative report.
In fact, the core issues in the “investigation” have been known since at least 2014, when Bloomberg reported that IBM had devised a strategy to skirt federal laws designed to disclose the presence of arbitrary age discrimination in firings and lay-offs.
“A ProPublica investigation found that in making the cuts, IBM has flouted or outflanked U.S. laws and regulations intended to protect later-career workers from age discrimination.” – ProPublica
It’s hard not to be cynical when the EEOC leadership trumpets its commitment to the ideals of Martin Luther King but ignores the reality of age discrimination in employment and, worse, engages in it.
EEOC Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic tweeted on MLK Day yesterday:
“Every day at the EEOC, we are reminded of Dr. King’s work, his vision, his prophecy. Our work is a deep part of his legacy. His call to service is what each member of the EEOC brings to our work every day.”
That’s a worthy sentiment but the EEOC has yet to walk the talk when it comes to age inequality.
Not only has the EEOC virtually ignored the problem for years but it sanctions age discrimination in hiring by the federal government and actually engages in the practice itself, thereby undermining enforcement of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 in the private sector.
Dr. King understandably focused on the crisis of racial inequality in the United States but his appeal was based on the underlying concept of equal justice for all. One can only wonder whether Dr. King, who was assassinated at age 39, would have recognized that age discrimination is a major hindrance to older minority group workers if he had lived. Continue reading “MLK, the EEOC & Age Discrimination”