What is House Bill H.R. 2788?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2788
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) introduced this bill to allow the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the number of employees at the agency providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) counseling and dispute resolution services.
Currently, the VA has 38 EEO counselors for a workforce of over 40,000 employees. This number of counselors is overwhelmed by the number of formal and informal complaints that they receive each year: in 2020, VA employees filed over 2,800 formal equal employment opportunity complaints, and the department resolved just over half of them.
Of Note: Businesses, government agencies, and other entities are prohibited from discriminating against job applicants or employees based on the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
EEO counselors at VA are responsible for reviewing complaints that may be related to such discrimination. Counselors support aggrieved parties and facilitate dispute resolution between affected parties, generally before formal complaints are filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency charged with enforcing federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination.
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VA Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor Modernization Act
To amend title 38, United States Code, to eliminate the cap on full-time employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who provide equal employment opportunity counseling.
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Oversight and InvestigationsCommittee on Veterans' AffairsIntroducedApril 22nd, 2021
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