How EEO affects your business
Federal EEO laws are designed to prevent the unlawful mistreatment of protected classes of people, thereby giving employees and applicants an official process through which they can file grievances, should they feel they have been victims of discrimination.
According to federal EEO laws, the following are considered unlawful acts:
– Unfair treatment of protected classes;
– Harassment or bullying in the workplace, either by management, co-workers, or others;
– Denial of reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities;
– Denial of reasonable accommodation for persons who request such accommodation because of religious beliefs;
– Retaliation against an employee who either complained about discrimination or assisted with a job discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
Federal law protects the following classes of people from being unlawfully discriminated against as a result of EEO:
– Sex (inclusive of pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation)
– National origin
– Age (40 years of age or older)
– Genetic information