The EEOC is the federal agency that enforces the laws against job discrimination and harassment. Each year, they process about 80,000 job discrimination complaints having to do with race, sex, disability, age, national origin, pregnancy or religion.
The Commission was first established in the 1960s, when it was given the power to file lawsuits against companies with discriminatory practices. A number of laws preventing discrimination in the workplace demand equal pay for equal work, and prevent discrimination on the basis of the aforementioned factors. The EEOC is also responsible for investigating and pursuing companies or employers charged with sexual harassment.
Most employers that have at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws and most labor unions and employment agencies are covered as well. The laws cover everything from hiring, firing, wages, benefits, promotions, training and harassment.
It is important for businesses to be aware of the EEOC and its guidelines for the workplace in order to avoid allegations of discrimination. An EEOC complaint can be very damaging to an employer. It can involve time-consuming official requests for information, intrusive investigations, legal bills, negative publicity and, if the complaint is upheld, very expensive damages. It’s crucial to stay abreast of laws and changes in policy so that your business in turn has fair policies in place.
The EEOC, as well as Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs), are very helpful about working to prevent discrimination before it occurs through outreach, education and technical assistance programs. PEOs provide expert help with risk management and compliance including payroll, OSHA, EEOC and more to protect YOU, the employer, from costly fines and lawsuits.
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