Judicial Responses to the EEOC’s Failure to Attempt Conciliation

This Note suggests that a court faced with inadequate conciliation efforts by the EEOC should dismiss the action without prejudice. Part I argues that dismissal better serves the remedial purpose of the statute than summary judgment. Part II then demonstrates that dismissal satisfies the policy concerns of courts that dispose of inadequately conciliated suits. Although dismissal may not promote judicial efficiency as well as summary judgment, courts and the Commission can handle the dismissal to minimize duplication. Part III advances dismissal for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted as the appropriate procedural vehicle for disposing of actions when the Commission has failed to satisfy the conciliation requirement.