WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced it has released a revised proposal
to collect pay data through the Employer Information Report (EEO-1).
The revision would allow the organization to collect summary pay data from employers that have more than 100 employees. The information gained would help EEOC identify possible discrimination and assist in the national promotion of equal pay in the workplace.
"More than 50 years after pay discrimination became
illegal, it remains a persistent problem for too many Americans," said EEOC
Chairwoman Jenny R. Yang. "Collecting pay data is a significant step
forward in addressing discriminatory pay practices. This information will
assist employers in evaluating their pay practices to prevent pay
discrimination and strengthen enforcement of our federal anti-discrimination
For 50 years, EEO-1 has mandated that companies provide EEOC
with workforce data by race, ethnicity, sex and job category. The revision
would add summary data reported by pay ranges and hours worked.
“Better data means better policy and less pay disparity,” U.S.
Secretary of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said. “As much as the workplace has changed
for the better in the last half-century, there are important steps that we can
and must take to ensure an end to employment discrimination."