The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.  The EEOC protects employees and job applicants from discrimination from employers or possible employers.  These laws being enforced protect against:

    • Unfair treatment because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
    • Harassment by managers, co-workers, or others in the workplace, because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
    • Denial of a reasonable workplace accommodation that the employee needs because of religious beliefs or disability.
    • Retaliation because the employee complained about job discrimination, or assisted with a job discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Not every job, employee or employer is covered under these laws.

The laws enforced by EEOC require employers to keep certain records, regardless of whether a charge has been filed against them. When a charge has been filed, employers have additional record keeping obligations. The EEOC also collects workforce data from some employers, regardless of whether a charge has been filed against the company.

Employers are required to post notices describing the Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

If you have concerns about being compliant with the EEOC guidelines, visit their site at www.eeoc.gov.

Source: EEOC.gov

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