Mediation Of EEOC Charges: Not Always An Option

Law360, New York (May 19, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT) -- An employer faced with a charge of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission often weighs pursuing mediation in an effort to resolve the matter prior to the EEOC conducting an investigation or making a determination. In 2009, the EEOC conducted approximately 11,600 mediations. However, despite its high success rate (over 70 percent of charges mediated are resolved) predetermination mediation may not always be an option with the EEOC.

The EEOC gives charges a priority ranking when they are filed. This ranking, which is not...
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