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EEOC Cancels Meeting on General Counsel’s Litigation Authority

Jan. 14, 2021, 12:42 AM

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission canceled a public meeting to discuss stripping its general counsel’s remaining authority to bring and intervene in discrimination lawsuits without a full commission vote.

The meeting, initially scheduled for Jan. 14, would have considered a proposal to require all lawsuits and friend-of-the-court briefs to undergo a full commission vote, regardless of whether they involved routine litigation matters.

Some management attorneys said pulling back the general counsel’s delegated authority could ensure EEOC lawsuits are meritorious. But requiring a full commission vote on litigation decisions could slow routine and straightforward workplace bias lawsuits, civil rights...

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