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house Bill H.R. 1557

Do Federal Agencies Need an Independent Program to Cut Out Workplace Discrimination?

Argument in favor

This bill increases federal agencies’ ability to take action against discrimination and retaliation. Everyone deserves to feel safe in the workplace, especially when they are reporting instances of discrimination or retaliation.

Leslie's Opinion
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07/28/2015
Because there IS STILL A LOT OF DISCRIMINATION. Heck we don't even have the EQUAL PAY ACT YET!
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Jane's Opinion
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01/26/2017
Discrimination still affects every non-white male in this country. I will support every vote against discrimination.
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Leo's Opinion
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11/29/2015
If you simply look around without preconceptions, you see discrimination everywhere. We must continue to combat it relentlessly.
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Argument opposed

Discrimination and retaliation in the workplace are bad things, yes. But part of the reason that they exist is because the government is so bloated. Creating more bureaucracy isn’t the answer.

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12/13/2016
I have complained many times about overreach by the federal government, a.k.a. the Nanny State or Uncle Sam. For decades, the Communists and other atheists have been waging a relentless war against Christianity in this country. They have managed to get the State to try to take God's place in the hearts and minds of the American people! They are trying to convince us that they need the POWER (their primary objective) to stamp out evil practices in our society. They want you to believe that you must give them MORE power, so they can take CARE of all of us. Well, guess what! If the government had not allowed God, the Bible, and prayer to be taken out of our schools and other public institutions, and INSTEAD had given us complete freedom of religion in America (which is the intent of the Constitution), there would be less evil being committed against our fellow man! God addresses all of those evils in the Bible and says what we need to do about them. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (‭‭II Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) And God is not swayed by lobbyists or fickle public opinion! He doesn't change His mind about an issue if it seems politically expedient. He doesn't need to engage in Machiavellian schemes or fight tooth and nail for power. He already IS omnipotent, as well as omniscient. And unlike our government, God truly DOES love us! “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) When has your government ever showed you that it cares about you that much?!
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SherryTX's Opinion
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07/22/2015
Spending $500k for something that is already in place? Who thinks up this junk?
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ChoateRB's Opinion
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07/27/2015
Too much regulation in government already.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 21st, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 403 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedMarch 24th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 1557?

This bill seeks to prevent discrimination in federal agencies by creating new procedures for handling it. It sets up an independent Equal Employment Opportunity program in every federal agency, tasked with resolving discrimination and retaliation issues. They would report directly to the head of the agency.

This bill also sets up new procedures for handling EEOC issues. If the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found a case of discrimination or retaliation in a federal agency, that agency would have 30 days to create a notification on their website detailing what happened, the laws that were broken and the day that the EEOC ruled on it. The agency would also have to put a link to this notification on their website’s homepage and leave it up for a year. The agency would also have to report to the EEOC on how the employee that made the violation was disciplined. EEOC rulings would also be reported to the Office of the Special Counsel.

Federal agencies would also have to initiate a tracking process for complaints of discrimination or retaliation. Employees that were subject to discriminatory action would have this noted in their personnel file. Finally, the bill bans non-disclosure agreements within federal agencies.

Impact

Federal agencies, federal agency employees, the EEOC, and the Office of the Special Counsel.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1557

$500.00 Thousand
A CBO cost estimate found that this bill would increase administrative costs for federal agencies by less than $500,000 every year.

More Information

In-Depth: “Who are all these people?” you may be thinking to yourself. Here we go.


Of Note: You probably know what discrimination is, and more or less what it would look like in the workplace — sitting through HR videos is part of the human condition. But what about retaliation? The retaliation that this bill refers to is when one person at an agency takes a hostile action against another person after being reported for an infraction. 

For example, in April 2015, a prison employee had her office moved to a converted cell when she reported a superior for trying to move their staff office closer to his house. In 2011, the EEOC said that it was their number-one complaint from federal employees.


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Summary by James Helmsworth
(Photo Credit: Flickr user USDAgov)

AKA

Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 to strengthen Federal antidiscrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and expand accountability within the Federal government, and for other purposes.

    Because there IS STILL A LOT OF DISCRIMINATION. Heck we don't even have the EQUAL PAY ACT YET!
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    I have complained many times about overreach by the federal government, a.k.a. the Nanny State or Uncle Sam. For decades, the Communists and other atheists have been waging a relentless war against Christianity in this country. They have managed to get the State to try to take God's place in the hearts and minds of the American people! They are trying to convince us that they need the POWER (their primary objective) to stamp out evil practices in our society. They want you to believe that you must give them MORE power, so they can take CARE of all of us. Well, guess what! If the government had not allowed God, the Bible, and prayer to be taken out of our schools and other public institutions, and INSTEAD had given us complete freedom of religion in America (which is the intent of the Constitution), there would be less evil being committed against our fellow man! God addresses all of those evils in the Bible and says what we need to do about them. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (‭‭II Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) And God is not swayed by lobbyists or fickle public opinion! He doesn't change His mind about an issue if it seems politically expedient. He doesn't need to engage in Machiavellian schemes or fight tooth and nail for power. He already IS omnipotent, as well as omniscient. And unlike our government, God truly DOES love us! “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) When has your government ever showed you that it cares about you that much?!
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    Spending $500k for something that is already in place? Who thinks up this junk?
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    Discrimination still affects every non-white male in this country. I will support every vote against discrimination.
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    buness owners should hire who they want, no interference from government
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    If you simply look around without preconceptions, you see discrimination everywhere. We must continue to combat it relentlessly.
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    Too much regulation in government already.
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    We dont need an entire government agency for something like this.
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    Let's grow up and be adults
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    More useless bureaucracy.
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    Hiring or promoting works based on race, religion, sexual preference or and other reason other than merit, education, work effort and experience hurts those of us who put the time and effort in to advance.
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    This invasion of commerce is one more overreach of our government in areas it does not belong, a
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    Discrimination is still prevalent in the workforce.
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    If "We The People"are always having to police ourselves, then the same should apply to ANYONE working on taxpayer dollars. At this point I DON'T trust ANYONE in Washington D.C.. We need to have a group of individuals NOT associtaed with the Government in any way to keep a check on ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES.
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    All these "independent " programs do is suck off funds. They do not affect behavior or attitudes.
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    This will only equate to more beauracracy, as always
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    No. We need to open jobs to American citiz
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    I don't see workplace discrimination being such a huge problem to where it needs a program to eliminate the issue. It's not really worth the time and resources for the program to be created.
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    These protections already exist no need to waste time or money duplicating.
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    stop making government bigger
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