Mar 16 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—While the broadcast industry fully supports the goals of the FCC’s Equal Employment Opportunity rules, many broadcasters feel the way these rules are implemented creates unnecessary and unproductive paperwork burdens for broadcast employers.

Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorney John Garziglia is representing a group of 82 broadcasters in asking the FCC to review its EEO rules and reduce requirements that don’t help achieve the goals of nondiscrimination in hiring practices.

In comments filed to the FCC, Garziglia writes, “In the absence of evidence that the current FCC’s paperwork and recordkeeping requirements prevent or reduce discrimination, or increase employment diversity, the FCC should generally direct its regulatory efforts to finding effective ways to achieve the important goals of nondiscrimination and employment diversity.”

The broadcasters emphasized in the filing that they have no desire to lessen diversity in the workplace. To the contrary, they encourage the FCC to do more to promote productive diversity efforts. For example, they suggest requiring every full-time broadcast station employment opportunity be posted on national or regional job website. 

They also favor examining broadcast companies as single entities, rather than market-based “employment units.” However, they say small broadcasters should be exempt from the paperwork requirements demanded of larger companies.

Click here to read more in Radio World

Also, click here to read, “John Garziglia, Gregg Skall Representing Broadcasters in All-Digital AM Petition to FCC”. 

John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.