Arbitrator: EEOC violated the Fair Labor Standards Act
April 7, 2009
In an ironic twist, an arbitrator has concluded that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – the agency charged with investigating claims of disparate and unfair treatment of employees – willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act with respect to its own employees, as reported here by the Washington Post. The Union that represents EEOC employees filed a grievance in 2006 concerning the agency's overtime practices. The arbitrator concluded that the EEOC violated the law when it offered compensatory time to its employees rather than overtime opportunities, which in the arbitrator's view constituted "forced volunteering."