NAACP Calls On United States To Pass Increase In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Funding Employment Protection Enforcement Must Be Priority For Us Congress

 

WASHINGTON DC – The NAACP announced today, unwavering support for the proposed increase in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Anti-Employment Discrimination Funding.   House Resolution 2847 has passed, and the Senate is expected to consider funding later in the week.

“The NAACP is urging the Senate to pass the EEOC enforcement funding increase.  For far too long there has been employment discrimination going on throughout the country with too little too late responses from the EEOC.  The U.S needs this commission to continue to serve as the watchdog, and more importantly to bring justice to over one hundred thousand charges brought before the EEOC,” stated Hilary O. Shelton, Director NAACP Washington Bureau/Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has jurisdiction over employment discrimination issues within the Federal government, private employers, state and local agencies, employment services and labor organizations.  As such, the EEOC plays a vital role in our Nation’s on-going struggle against employment discrimination. 

“Over the past few years, the EEOC has been woefully underfunded; one result has been an ever-increasing backlog of cases that need to be addressed and this increase is the first step in that direction.  Even in the 21st century justice delayed is still justice denied,” added Shelton.

Currently, it is projected that the backlog is on pace to reach 102,944 charges by the end of fiscal year 2010. This is nearly double the size of the backlog as it existed less than three years ago.  The backlog is unacceptable and needs to be addressed and resolved.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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