Wednesday, May 6, 2015
image from www.eeoc.gov
The EEOC launched today a pilot program that will allow the electronic filing and transmission of documents related to discrimination charges in a number of its offices. The agency receives about 90,000 charges a year, and the hopes are that this system will help streamline the process. Those offices that are included in the pilot program (starting today) are Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Norfolk, Raleigh, Richmond and San Francisco. The EEOC offices located in Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis and Phoenix plan to initiate the program by the end of the month. The EEOC's website explains that the new system:
"allows employers against whom a charge has been filed to communicate with the EEOC through a secure portal to download the charge, review and respond to an invitation to mediate, submit a position statement, and provide and verify their contact information. The newly designed EEOC notice of a charge will provide a password-protected log in for the employer to access the system in the pilot offices. Employers will also have the option of opting out of the pilot program and receiving and submitting all documents and communications in paper form."
This an important development for EEOC claims. It will be interesting to follow the success of the program, and whether it leads to a more efficient process.
-- Joe Seiner