(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), along with more than 25 civil rights, labor and employee advocate organizations, oppose the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) proposal to drastically change the discrimination complaints process that includes eliminating agency investigations and hearings before administrative judges. The changes would affect over 500,000 federal employees.
A civil rights rally has been called to protest the proposed changes and EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez' decision to implement the changes without holding public hearings. The rally will take place on:
Wednesday, July 24 at 12:00 p.m. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1801 L St., NW
"Under the new rules, federal employees would be denied their due process rights," said Andrea E. Brooks, one of three nationally elected AFGE officers and Director of AFGE’s Women’s & Fair Practices Departments. The proposed changes would specifically:
Discourage federal agencies from settling complaints;
Deprive both agencies and complainants of necessary information to properly and fully evaluate discrimination complaints;
Cause a massive increase in civil rights lawsuits in federal court; and
Gut the spirit of the recently enacted "No FEAR" Act.
Some of the organizations joining AFGE at the rally include: AFL-CIO; American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees; American Postal Workers Union; D.C. Employment Justice Center; Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO; EEO Network; National Employment Lawyers Association; Kalijarvi, Chuzi & Newman, P.C.; NAACP Federal Sector Task Force; National Association of Government Employees; National Treasury Employees Union; Organization of Professional Employees at the USDA; Pace International Union; Passman & Kaplan, P.C.; Patent Office Professional Association; Professional Managers Association; and Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.