FCC Opens Comment on Equal Employment Opportunity Enforcement

The FCC released a public notice of proposed rulemaking on June 21, 2019 for improvement and enforcement of the equal employment opportunity (EEO). 

This notice of proposed rulemaking seeks further comment on the refinement of the EEO after the decision to eliminate the filing of the Broadcast Mid-term Report (FCC Form 397). 

EEO rules prohibit any kind of discrimination based on age, color, religion, race, nationality, or sex, and it is required that broadcasters and Multichannel Video Programming Distributors provide equal employment opportunities.

“Specifically, the rules require that each broadcast station (or station employment unit) with five or more full-time employees, and each MVPD employment unit with six or more full-time employees establish, maintain, and carry out a positive continuing program to ensure equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in employment policies and practice,” the public notice said.

The FCC wishes to receive comments on their previous and current enforcement of the EEO. On FCC Form 397, 34 organizations offered up suggestions for improvement and the FCC has already responded to one, the relocation of the Commission’s EEO staff from the Media Bureau to the Enforcement Bureau.

Those interested in commenting can file their comments 30 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. The reply to received comments will take place 45 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. Commenters can file electronically, by mail, by paper, or by hand-deliverance. 

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