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09/22/99:  National News Publication Seeks Interviewees Regarding Your Reverse Discrimination Experiences at the EEOC.  Click this link for more information.

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EEOC:  Does New EEOC Chairwoman Want Revenge?

          Adversity.Net (local page, this site).  The new chair of EEOC, Ida L. Castro, remembers all too well the anti-minority and anti-woman biases she encountered during her early years.  But Ms. Castro may have a HUGE blind spot when it comes to racial discrimination against whites.  Will her childhood traumas bias her against whites?  The EEOC's first Hispanic leader is ready to kick butt -- look out, non-minorities!  (Adversity.Net Special Report.)
[link http://www.adversity.net/ida_castro.htm]

EEOC:  New EEOC Head Offers Protection to Illegal Immigrant Workers (10/27/99)

Chicago Tribune 10/26/99:  EEOC Seeks to Protect Undocumented Workers (no link)
"In a major policy turnaround, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday will announce a new rule giving undocumented workers more protections against workplace abuses than ever before.

          "EEOC Chairwoman Ida L. Castro, who a year ago became the first Latin female to run the agency, told the Tribune that the change reflects "a second look" at the workplace rights of illegal immigrants. ...Previously, the agency took the view that its responsibilities were limited in cases of workers who are in the U.S. illegally.

          "Now, Castro said, in what is likely to prove a controversial change, the agency will seek all protections and legal remedies for undocumented workers regardless of their immigration status.  ...The new policy was praised by community and immigrant rights groups, which said the EEOC’s action will make it easier to protect undocumented workers, who are often afraid to come forward with their complaints to the government.

          "...But the EEOC’s action was strongly denounced by Dan Stein, the head of Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR), a Washington-based lobbying group that has called for tougher laws to curtail illegal immigration and stricter enforcement to purge workplaces of undocumented workers.

          "...Rather than offering more protections for undocumented workers, Stein said the EEOC should be "investigating those immigrant-dominated firms that hire their own immigrants and then prosecute those firms for employment discrimination against other Americans."  (Chicago Tribune 10/26/99 by Stephen Franklin)
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Chicago Tribune 10/27/99:  This EEOC policy goes out of bounds (no link)
          "Call us foolish if you will, but the logic behind the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new policy extending anti-discrimination protection to undocumented workers seems ... well, screwy.

          "It just doesn’t compute: A United States government agency is going to spend taxpayer dollars to protect people who have no right to be in the country in the first place from being exploited in the workplace.  And all the while, the agency is going to refuse, as a matter of policy, to identify those people to the authorities charged with enforcing the immigration laws.

          "...This policy is about people who have made an economic calculation:  that it is more advantageous for them to work illegally in this country -- even at the risk of exploitation by an unscrupulous employer -- than to remain in their countries of citizenship.  It is also about those employers who hire such people and the calculation they have made:  that it is more advantageous to employ such workers, even at the risk of government sanctions, than to hire U.S. citizens or legal immigrants.

          "...EEOC Chairwoman Ida Castro may suppose that she has struck a blow for fairness and equity with this new policy. In fact, she has all but invited Congress to step up and clip the wings of an arrogant, overreaching government agency."  (Chicago Tribune 10/27/99 Editorial)
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U.S. EEOC Press Release:  EEOC Issues Guidance on Remedies for Undocumented Workers Under Laws Prohibiting Employment Discrimination (Tue., 10/26/99)

          WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued an enforcement guidance modifying its position on remedies available to unauthorized workers under federal employment discrimination laws. The guidance addresses recent legal developments and explains the basic remedies available to this class of workers under EEOC- enforced laws.

          "This guidance makes clear that the anti-discrimination laws under the Commission's jurisdiction protect all employees across the country, regardless of their work status," said EEOC Chairwoman Ida L. Castro.

          "Unauthorized workers are especially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. It is imperative for employers to fully understand that discrimination against this class of employees will not be tolerated and that they will be responsible for appropriate remedies if they violate the civil rights laws."

          Chairwoman Castro further explained that the new guidance is fully consistent with the nation's immigration laws, principally the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). "If employers were not held responsible for discrimination against unauthorized workers, it would create an incentive for unscrupulous employers to engage in unlawful workplace conduct," said Ms. Castro. "This would directly undermine the enforcement of the immigration laws by encouraging the employment of unauthorized workers. It would also harm authorized workers who might be denied jobs or be subjected to a work environment which tolerated discrimination."

          The new guidance addresses the availability of remedies under the following statutes, where an employer has unlawfully discriminated against undocumented workers: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Equal Pay Act.

          The guidance explains that undocumented workers are entitled to the same remedies as any other workers back pay, reinstatement if the employee was unlawfully terminated, hiring if the employee was denied a job due to discrimination, other appropriate injunctive relief, damages and attorneys' fees except in the very narrow situations where an award would directly conflict with the immigration laws. The guidance also emphasizes that unauthorized workers are fully protected by the retaliation principles of the federal anti-discrimination laws.

          The new guidance replaces EEOC's Policy Guidance: Effect of the Immigration Reform and Control Act on the Remedies Available to Undocumented Aliens Under Title VII (N-915.040) issued on April 26, 1989. The Commission re-evaluated its position on back pay in light of important legal developments since 1989 regarding the availability of back pay to undocumented workers under the closely related National Labor Relations Act. In addition, the Commission addressed other changes in the law since 1989, principally the creation of a damages remedy under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

          The guidance will be available on EEOC's web site (www.eeoc.gov) shortly after release of the document. It can also be obtained by calling or writing to EEOC's Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs, 1801 L Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20507.

          The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which protects workers 40 and older; the Equal Pay Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in the private sector and state and local governments; prohibitions against discrimination affecting persons with disabilities in the federal government; and sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. (EEOC Press Release 10/26/99)
[link Link: http://www.eeoc.gov/press/10-26-99.html ]

EEOC:   Religious Quotas Added to EEOC's Meddling with Private Employers (no link)
          Nothing is sacred!  Or maybe it is.  EEOC now wants to make sure that your employer does not discriminate against religious groups, or create a hostile work environment which includes prohibitions on the display of religious artifacts that others might find offensive!  That's right, you now gotta let 'em display their religious artifacts regardless of the effect this may have on other employees.  (Chicago Tribune 10/6/98 - link not available.)

EEOC:  Reverse Bias Claims on the Rise  
          Federal agencies are reporting more non-minority employees than ever before are filing "reverse" discrimination complaints.  Small wonder, Mr. Clinton!  In 1991 10% of EEOC's case load was from white's charging reverse discrimination.  In 1996 after you-know-who took office, that number nearly doubled.  (Washington Times 9/17/97)

EEOC:  EEOC Lawyer Wins Reverse Discrimination Claim Against the EEOC!
          Adversity.Net (Horror Stories, Case 3, this site):  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has the worst record in the Federal Government of discriminating against its white employees.  Even politically correct lawyer Joseph Ray Terry, who has spent his life fighting for "equal opportunity", had to file complaints for 10 yrs. (and a lawsuit) to get his promotion within the EEOC!

EEOC:  EEOC Declares Ebonics Jokes Are Illegal!
          Yes, the wacky political correctness police at the EEOC have unilaterally declared that workplace jokes about "ebonics" result in a "hostile work environment".  Try this test:   e-mail an ebonics joke to a friend who works for the government!  See how quickly they change their e-mail address!  Its fun!  Its wacky!  Its politically incorrect!

          "Telling 'ebonics' jokes, the federal government says, is unlawful. Yes, that's right. You may burn the American flag, advocate violent revolution, post indecent material on the Internet, but 'disseminating derogatory electronic messages regarding ebonics to your co-workers is against the law.' "  (Article by Eugene Volokh, reprinted with permission.)
[link http://www.adversity.net/special/ebonics.htm ]

Related Story:  Mother of Ebonics retires from school board (dead link)
          "Oakland -- Toni Cook, known by the nation as the mother of Ebonics, bade goodbye to the Oakland school board Wednesday night."   (Oakland Tribune 12/18/98)
[former link: http://www.newschoice.com/Webnews/angtrloc2/98-12-18_t1bs118.asp?paper=Ang]

EEOC:  Whites Filed More Discrimination Complaints than Blacks in 1996! (dead link)
          According to the Federal Times 11/24/97, at the end of fiscal 1996, the EEOC had recorded 11,295 complaints from "white" federal workers versus 9,339 complaints from blacks for that year.   (It is no surprise that Bill Clinton just happened to be in the White House during this dramatic increase!)  [ This Federal Times article has been removed from the Web! ]

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