Disability accommodation, pregnancy discrimination, equal pay and discrimination in the hiring process headlined the 2012 list of the most prominent legal issues to be scrutinized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In fact, according to the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan, which took effect on Oct. 1, and will remain in effect until Sept. 30, 2016, these issues, and others, have been identified as current emerging issues that the EEOC will target under the four-year plan. Significant lawsuits, regulatory developments, settlements and related activities by the EEOC have highlighted the commission’s aggressive efforts to deter and remedy discriminatory or retaliatory employment practices under federal anti-discrimination laws. New Jersey employers must take notice, as the EEOC has seen a marked increase in the number of charges filed against private and public employers since last year. Following are some of the enforcement-related trends, as well as a look at what employers should be concerned about.
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