The Utah Women's Lobby is calling for an investigation of the State Industrial Commission's Anti-Discrimination Division, saying it wants a more effective system of enforcement to protect civil rights.
"The Utah Women's Lobby believes that the UADD does not have the power, the resources nor the incentive to fulfill its purpose and enforce civil rights laws on behalf of individual workers," according to a press release.Commission Chairman Stephen M. Hadley said he has no problem with a review of the anti-discrimination process.
He wasn't certain how the review will be conducted but said it could be done by an ad hoc committee appointed by the governor, the commission or the Legislature.
The lobby's press release said it wants an advisory committee to participate in the investigation. Hadley said formation of an advisory committee, similar to the commission's Workers' Compensation Advisory Council and the Employment Security Advisory Council, would take legislative action.
The release said one industrial commissioner reported that in the first five months of 1992, more than 500 anti-discrimination cases were closed by several recent law school graduates with no UADD experience. More than 90 percent were closed with "no cause" findings.
"The UADD cannot cite a single case in its history where the agency defended one of its cause findings. In the few complaints deemed valid by the agency, the victims must then try to retain legal counsel and file lawsuits. This is very expensive, traumatic and further encumbers an already overburdened legal system," the lobby said.