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EEOC puts construction on notice

March 14, 2023

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women, Black and Asian workers are underrepresented in construction, while White workers make up a significantly higher portion of employees compared to the broader workforce.

In May 2022, EEOC held a hearing to probe racism and sexism in construction after scores of bias-related incidents on jobsites gained media attention in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.

During that hearing, officials specifically referenced the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Improvement and Jobs Act, and what they characterized as their duty to ensure federal dollars weren’t funding hate in the industry. Since then, the EEOC has pursued a number of discrimination cases and settlements, some in the millions of dollars, against construction firms.

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