Yesterday, the EEOC announced that it has launched a twitter account aimed at Hispanic employees and a You Tube channel. Kimberly Smith-Brown, the EEOC's director of communications, stated that "Our Twitter en Espanol handle provides us with another tool to interact with the Spanish-speaking public and share with them helpful information about workplace discrimination....This is another example of the agency's commitment to remain accessible to the public and provide good customer service." Twitter@EEOCespanol is now up and running, together with @EEOCNews for EEOC news in English. The EEOC has also launched the EEOC You Tube Channel, which airs informational and historical videos in both English and Spanish.
While the EEOC is busy launching social media sites, the Washington Post reported today that the sequester, if it continues, will impact EEOC employees by forcing furloughs. The American Federation of Government Employees claims that employees will face furloughs of more than 8 days if the sequester continues through the end of the fiscal year. The union claims that the furloughs will "cause the current backlog of workplace discrimination cases to grow by nearly 40 percent."