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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Been Sued by the EEOC Lately? Keep an Eye on Your Mailbox in the Next Couple of Weeks

An article on the SHRM site, September: Rush Hour for EEOC Lawsuit Filings, Settlements ($), reminded me that we are nearing the witching hour for the filing of EEOC lawsuits. The reason is of course the end of the government's fiscal year on September 30,  and its reporting period.

I have always noticed the uptick in suits where the EEOC is plaintiff in the last half of September, but even I was shocked at this tidbit that SHRM reported:
In 2011, the EEOC filed 175 of its record-high 261 lawsuits during the last quarter of its fiscal year, and most of them were filed in September
Not that I am faulting the EEOC for this. They are after all just lawyers, and many of us suffer from the same result, we work backwards from a deadline, and inevitably much closer to the deadline than we probably should.

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