EEOC Report Finds "Many Obstacles" for African American Feds

A new study by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that there are “many obstacles to achieving equality for African Americans in the federal workforce.”

The Commission established a work group in January 2010 to identify the obstacles that remain in the federal workplace that hinder equal employment opportunities for African Americans. Between 2010 and 2012 the African American workgroup engaged in a series of discussions with EEO officials, various affinity groups, and subject matter experts.

The seven (7) obstacles included in the report are:

  • Unconscious biases and perceptions about African Americans still play a significant role in employment decisions in the federal sector.
  • African Americans lack adequate mentoring and networking opportunities for higher-level and management positions.
  • Insufficient training and development assignments perpetuate inequalities in skills and opportunities for African Americans.
  • Narrow recruitment methods negatively impact African Americans.
  • The perception of widespread inequality among African Americans in the federal work force hinders their career advancement.
  • Educational requirements create obstacles for African Americans in the federal work force.
  • EEO regulations and laws are not adequately followed by agencies and are not effectively enforced.

The entire EEOC study and report can be accessed here.

 

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