EEOC Launches Online Portal for Workers

Efficiency boost could help trim the agency’s charge backlog

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could be moving investigations along at a greater clip thanks to some modernization.

Workers can now submit inquiries to the EEOC through the commission’s new online portal. Individuals can also file a discrimination charge through the online system once it’s been prepared by the EEOC. The further digitization of the agency’s processes, along with its announcement that its charge backlog is shrinking, means employers could be dealing with an increasingly efficient discrimination watchdog.

On Nov. 1, the EEOC rolled out its Public Portal nationwide that will allow workers to submit inquiries to the commission, which could then lead to appointments with EEOC staff and possibly discrimination charges against their employers. The commission began piloting the portal in its Charlotte; Chicago; New Orleans; North Carolina; Phoenix and Seattle offices in March.

“This secure online system makes the EEOC and an individual’s charge information available wherever and whenever it is most convenient for that individual,” said EEOC Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic in a press release. “It’s a giant leap forward for the EEOC in providing online services.”

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