The Truth is Out There: Revamping Federal Antidiscrimination Enforcement for the Twenty-First Century

42 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2008

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Marcia L. McCormick

Saint Louis University - School of Law

Abstract

Employment discrimination laws in the United States have not created full equality in the workplace, although that was their goal. Real change requires greater accountability for those who make employment decisions and greater transparency to bolster that accountability. To provide that transparency and accountability, we need greater federal involvement in enforcement and a mechanism to publicize the state of the nation's workplaces. To accomplish this, I propose taking private sector employment discrimination disputes away from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission entirely, and starting with a new agency. The current model, with the EEOC writing compliance guidelines, encouraging mediation, and acting as prosecutor occasionally, is not working. Instead, we need an agency to investigate broadly, issue fact-finding about the state of the nation's workplaces, adjudicate discrimination claims, and promote good practices and voluntary compliance, through something of a hybrid between a truth commission, legislative hearing, and adjudicative agency.

Keywords: Discrimination, employment discrimination, administrative law, eeoc, civil rights, enforcement, administrative agency, adr, adjudication

JEL Classification: J70, J71, J78, K23, K31, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

McCormick, Marcia L., The Truth is Out There: Revamping Federal Antidiscrimination Enforcement for the Twenty-First Century. Berkley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Vol. 30, 2008, Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1142979

Marcia L. McCormick (Contact Author)

Saint Louis University - School of Law ( email )

100 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States

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