I’m sure many of you are wondering what the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission might look like under the Trump administration. Well, yesterday, we were given a bit of a glimpse, when newly named Acting Chair of the EEOC Victoria Lipnic offered her first public comments during a discussion and live webinar that took place in the Chicago offices of Seyfarth Shaw. (Lipnic served as counsel for the law firm before arriving at the Commission in 2010 and was named Acting Chair of the agency by President Trump on Jan. 25.)
Seyfarth Shaw Partner Gerald Maatman, author of the recently released 13th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, joined her for the discussion.
As reported in an article appearing on the Corporate Counsel website, Lipnic suggested that the agency will “focus on cases involving age discrimination and equal pay while exploring ways to foster job growth in companies.”
“Lipnic said she believes more will remain the same than will change,” according to the Corporate Counsel piece. “ ‘We are an enforcement agency … and the EEOC is committed to its core values and mission, to enforce civil rights laws in the workplace.’ ”
She also said she wanted to “re-evaluate the costs and benefits of the modified EEO-1 report, a detailed compliance survey that employers must fill out,” the story reported.
Speaking to that point, Randy Coffey, a partner with Fisher Phillips in Kansas City, commented in a piece posted on HREOnline™ earlier this month that “Lipnic opposed additions to the current EEO-1 reporting requirements relating to collection of employee pay data, due to the burden of compliance for employers and the lack of usefulness of this type of generalized data.”
I suspect we’ll see, in fairly short order, how this ultimately translates into policy changes.