The EEOC’s strategy for addressing epidemic age discrimination in hiring has suddenly become apparent.
On this Labor Day 2018, it appears the highly-paid advocates for workplace equality on the EEOC – Victoria Lipnic (R), Chai Feldblum (D) and Charlotte Burrows (D)- are waiting for President Donald Trump to act.
The EEOC was charged by the U.S. Congress with enforcing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) but has ignored blatant age discrimination in hiring by federal agencies for a half dozen years.
Since 2012, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has barred older workers from applying for 100,000 federal jobs under the Pathways Program. This is known as disparate impact discrimination – where a supposedly neutral policy has a disproportionately negative impact on a protected group. About 94% of candidates hired under the Pathways program are under the age of 40.