The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been busy investigating and holding public hearings on different types of so-called unintentional discrimination acts in hiring, acts which are based upon employers' use of credit checks, arrest records, and employment status ("The Unemployed Need Not Apply").

Next week the commission announced it will turn its attention to "intentional" hiring discrimination.

A public hearing entitled "Disparate Treatment in 21st Century Hiring Decisions" has been slated, but few specifics have been given about the types of intentional practices that are being probed. Speculation abounds, however, that this could be an inquiry into employers' use of the social media to dig up dirt on job applicants.

Whatever transpires, the meeting will be held at the EEOC Office Building in Washington, D.C., beginning at 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, June 22.