Self-Identify EEO status for applicants
I am implementing procedures that require applicants to fill out an EEO self-identify form regarding their gender and race/ethnicity. I attended a conference last year in which we were advised that if an applicant declines to self-ID, it is okay to "guess" based on observation. This made sense to me as a solution to the dilemma of being required to report this data in an affirmative action plan but not offered a category called "other," "non-response," etc.
Some staff are having a hard time understanding why this kind of guessing is permitted, so I'm checking to see if others do visual observation or if there are better solutions to this dilemma. And I wonder, what do folks do who have an online system for submitting resumes and applications to positions?