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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

PRIORITY CHARGE HANDLING TASK FORCE
LITIGATION TASK FORCE
REPORT

PAUL M. IGASAKI, Chairman
Chair, Priority Charge Handling Task Force

PAUL STEVEN MILLER, Commissioner
Chair, Litigation Task Force

March 1998


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Report of the Priority Charge Handling and Litigation Task Forces

The Commission has made substantial progress in many areas since implementation of the Priority Charge Handling Procedures (PCHP) in 1995 and the National Enforcement Plan (NEP) in 1996. Field offices have reduced the charge inventory by more than 40%, victims of discrimination are recovering more benefits as a result of Commission enforcement efforts, and the number of cases in the agency's docket that challenge the most serious violations is increasing.

The challenge facing the Commission is how it can build on its recent successes by creating an enforcement program that has the maximum impact on workplace discrimination within the confines of its budget. This report offers recommendations for improvement in four critical areas.

  1. The Task Forces recommend increased collaboration and coordination of the activities of the EEOC's 50 field offices and headquarters so that the Commission, as a whole, functions as a single strategic law enforcement agency by:
  2. The Task Forces recommend revising the Local Enforcement Plans ("LEPs") so that they will require each field office to have clear and achievable goals for investigative and litigation activity, tailored to the unique circumstances of each district office and the community it serves. LEPs will include:
  3. The Task Forces recommend more fully fine-tuning the agency's charge process reforms to continue reducing the inventory and focusing investigative resources on strong cases, including:
  4. The Task Forces recommend that the Commission continue to break down barriers between legal and investigative staffs so that each office functions as a cohesive team, with District Directors and Regional Attorneys jointly accountable for meeting LEP goals, including:

The full text of the Task Force Report is available for download in the following formats:

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