Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The EEOC has just issued its "African American Workgroup Report," which paints a picture of the many obstacles faced by black federal workers. The report is organized around seven main obstacles, with background information and recommendations for each. The obstacles:
- Unconscious biases and perceptions about African Americans still play a significant role in employment decisions in the federal sector.
- African Americans lack adequate mentoring and networking opportunities for higher level and management positions.
- Insufficient training and development assignments perpetuate inequalities in skills and opportunities for African Americans.
- Narrow recruitment methods negatively impact African Americans.
- The perception of widespread inequality among African Americans in the federal workforce hinders their career advancement.
- Educational requirements create obstacles for African Americans in the federal workforce.
- EEO regulations and laws are not adequately followed by agencies and are not effectively enforced.
You can also read the Washington Post's take on the report here.