EEOC Report Reveals Gender and Ethnic Disparities in Federal Workforce

A federal agency has released a set of comprehensive reports focusing on the status of women in the federal government. The reports from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) explore the experiences of American Indian and Alaskan Native, African American, and Hispanic and Latina women to offer critical insights into their representation, career progression, and compensation within the federal sector. 

Analyzing data from fiscal year 2020 (FY2020) , the reports compare the participation, retention, advancement, and pay of these women to three distinct reference groups: the total federal workforce, all women, and men of the same ethnic or racial background. The findings reveal that the employment outcomes for these groups of women significantly deviate from those of the reference groups.

The reports reinforce the EEOC’s commitment to identifying employment issues facing underserved communities and support the Administration’s goals as shared through Executive Order 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce. 

Key findings from these reports indicate disparities in representation and compensation for each demographic group. American Indian and Alaskan Native women in the federal sector, despite accounting for 0.8% of the federal workforce in FY 2020, experienced higher resignation and involuntary separation rates and significant disparities in executive representation and compensation.

African American women in the federal sector, while making up 11.7% of the federal workforce, faced challenges such as higher resignation rates, underrepresentation in leadership positions, and substantial income disparities when compared to other federal employees and women overall.

Hispanic women and Latinas in the federal sector, while comprising 4.5% of federal employees in 2020, experienced higher resignation and involuntary separation rates. While they held first-line supervisory positions at a relatively higher rate, they were underrepresented in managerial and executive roles. They had notable differences in annual earnings compared to their male counterparts and the broader workforce.

According to the EEOC, these findings underscore the pressing need for comprehensive strategies and policies aimed at addressing these disparities and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the federal workforce. 

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