President Biden Signs Bicameral Resolution to Protect Victims of Workplace Discrimination

WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after President Biden signed a Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval (S.J.Res. 13) to nullify the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) conciliation rule. Chairman Scott introduced the House version of this resolution (H.J.Res. 33).

“Today, Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration took a significant step to restore access to justice for victims of workplace discrimination. The EEOC’s Trump-era conciliation rule stacked the deck against victims of workplace discrimination and gave employers new ways to avoid accountability in cases where the EEOC determined there was unlawful discrimination. The rule could also facilitate the exposure of workers and witnesses alleging discrimination, increasing their risk of suffering retaliation.

“With the President’s signature today, this Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval will repeal the Trump-era conciliation rule, which applied a rigid conciliation process for every case of workplace discrimination.  The resolution allows the EEOC to fulfill its responsibility to use whatever informal means of settlement are appropriate for each case. I am proud to have helped spearhead this effort with my House and Senate colleagues to protect workers’ rights.”


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