• Describe the influence that the EEOC has on the way that organizations operate.
Throughout its existence, the Commission has focused on but one simply stated mission: the elimination of illegal discrimination from the workplace. [ To accomplish that goal, various approaches some dictated by statutory limitations and some by philosophical and managerial considerations have been employed. This publication will address in particular how three influences explain many of the
decisions affecting how the Commission accomplishes its mission.
Of all the influences, the direction and limitations imposed by Congress and by the Administration in power explain the major sea changes in EEOC's enforcement operations over time. Thus, conciliation, education, outreach and technical assistance were the primary methods employed by EEOC at its inception because that was what the law permitted. After Congress gave EEOC litigation enforcement authority in 1972, that became a focal point for the agency. Today, the challenge manifests itself in achieving a wholly integrated approach that strategically links all activities in a delicate balance that adjusts for new and innovative programs like alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation. This mechanism is now becoming an effective tool to resolve more and more disputes.
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