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The EEOC released May 12 a new section to its Compliance Manual on “threshold” issues, the factors considered by the Commission in determining who can pursue a legal claim of employment discrimination. “This new Compliance Manual section will be extremely helpful not only to agency staff, but also to employers, workers, and their representatives,” said EEOC Chairperson Ida L. Castro. “It contains a wealth of accessible information on a broad range of important questions regarding what claims can be brought under the anti-discrimination laws.” Charging parties alleging workplace discrimination must satisfy certain “threshold” requirements before a substantive bias claim can be addressed by the Commission. Such issues include, for example, who can be bring a charge of discrimination, the time frame under which to file a charge, whom a charge can be brought against, and what is covered by the civil rights laws. The new section replaces former Section 605: Jurisdiction in the Compliance Manual and is available at the EEOC’s website at http://www.eeoc.gov/. It also replaces nine other Commission policy guidances. “The issuance of this section is a significant step in our ongoing efforts to update and streamline EEOC guidance in order to enhance customer service,” Chairperson Castro added. “The Commission will continue to make public information material available in a plain-language, more user-friendly, format for laypersons and lawyers alike.” � 2000, CCH INCORPORATED. All Rights Reserved.

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