Gabrielle Martin has seen a lot of change in her time at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as the civil rights agency’s mission has expanded to cover a broader range of protected classes. Unfortunately, one thing that hasn’t changed is the lack of resources afforded the tiny Executive Branch agency.
“We have been woefully underfunded for most of our existence,” Martin says.
Gabrielle shares her story in the latest documentary produced by AFGE as part of our “I Am AFGE” campaign, which is designed to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of the women and men who work for them every day.
Gabrielle is the president of AFGE Council 216, which represents all professional and nonprofessional General Schedule employees at EEOC, including investigators, attorneys, paralegals, mediators, administrative judges, and support staff.
Budget cuts required under sequestration have hit EEOC especially hard, resulting in unfilled vacancies that mean longer wait times for employees facing discrimination to receive assistance from the agency. It currently takes nine months on average for EEOC to investigate a case once it’s been filed, Martin says.
Gabrielle’s story is part of AFGE’s year-long campaign to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of the hard work and valuable services federal employees deliver.
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