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Published December 05, 2022

CFER Urges the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to Abstain from Politicized Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in Its 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) submitted a public comment to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the Commission’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022-2026. In the letter, we pinpoint the ideological nature of pursuing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) as an institutional goal outlined in the EEOC draft (Strategic Goal III).

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December 5, 2022

SAN DIEGO, CA – December 5, 2022- Today, Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) submitted a public comment to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the Commission’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022-2026. In the letter, we pinpoint the ideological nature of pursuing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) as an institutional goal outlined in the EEOC draft (Strategic Goal III).

“Promoting DEI runs counter to EEOC’s mission to ‘prevent and remedy discrimination and enforce civil rights in the workplace,’ commented Frank Xu, president of CFER. “EEOC (and the government in general) is in no business of prioritizing a political litmus test over equal opportunity. We hope that EEOC will reconsider its commitment to DEIA and ensure its strategic plan maximize the agency’s capacity to combat workplace discrimination.”

CFER’s public input uses many real-life examples of DEIA practices in public and private spheres. We argue: “Perpetuating DEI in employment practices will inevitably create heightened legal risks in violation of equal opportunity and equal protection for public and private employers.”

We also draw on CFER’s experience combatting government-sanctioned racial preferences in California in the last two legislative sessions: “Since 2021, the California State Legislature has attempted twice to legalize racial quotas in civil services through the California Upward Mobility Act, in the name of DEI. The first proposal – Assembly Bill 105, was vetoed by California Governor Gavin Newsom on account of its unconstitutionality. The second proposal – Assembly Bill 1604, was significantly revised to remove any portion of illegal racial preferences, upon opposition from CFER and the Pacific Legal Foundation.”

CFER will continue to monitor developments pertaining to EEOC’s adoption of the new strategic plan and advocate for equal opportunity and non-discrimination as the guiding light for public policies.

Contact:

Wenyuan Wu

wenyuan.wu@cferfoundation.org

(786) 393-8028

About Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER):

We are a non-partisan and non-profit organization established following the defeat of Proposition 16 in 2020, with a mission to defend and raise public awareness on the cause of equal rights through public education, civic engagement and community outreach. In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to amend its constitution by passing Proposition 209 to ban racial discrimination and preferences. Prop. 209 requires that “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” CFER is dedicated to educating the public on this important constitutional principle of equal treatment.

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