Although workplace discrimination is illegal in California and elsewhere, it still happens. However, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is in place to protect workers. You should know about EEOC laws and how they can protect you in the workplace.
What are the EEOC laws?
The Employment Opportunity Commission exists to protect employees from workplace discrimination. The law dictates what an employer can legally do during the hiring and application processes and while an employee works for them. These laws were first included under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
How does the EEOC protect workers?
The EEOC protects certain types of people based on certain characteristics. It makes it illegal for workplace discrimination to occur based on age, disability status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Although the law doesn’t guarantee that every person who applies for a job will be hired, it protects everyone from workplace discrimination during the application and hiring processes. Per the EEOC, a prospective employee cannot be denied as a candidate for a job due to their religion, race, age, sex, or pregnancy status, to name a few.
The EEOC allows individuals who believe they have faced discrimination from an employer at any point to take action by filing a claim. For example, if an employee with seniority is due for a promotion or raise and is passed over for it in favor of someone else who has worked in the company for a much shorter time, it may be due to discrimination.
Other important protections
Employees are protected against being denied certain perks in the workplace through the EEOC. The law also protects against harassment in and out of the workplace.
Per the EEOC, workers with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations so that they can effectively perform their jobs. If the employer fails to provide them, the worker may be able to file a workplace discrimination claim.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can protect your rights in the workplace. If you have faced discrimination at work, you are entitled to file a claim against your employer.