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EEOC Announces Conclusion of Conciliation and Mediation Pilot Programs

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Today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it concluded its two six-month conciliation and mediation pilot programs originally announced in July 2020. We addressed the mediation pilot program here. As part of the mediation pilot program, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EEOC implemented virtual mediations, as opposed to audio-only mediations. Despite the pilot program’s conclusion, the EEOC announced that it intends to continue to use video technology to hold virtual mediations, after positive feedback from participants. Significantly, the parties to a charge will continue to be permitted to request mediation at any point throughout the life of the charge.