The Equal Opportunity Commission, abbreviated as EEOC, was established in 1964 as a way to guarantee the application of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in the laws of all fifty states across the United States. From then, the EEOC has become responsible for making sure that all employees working in America are entitled to fair labor practices, which includes the right to be protected from discriminatory behavior in the workplace. All employees should be able to perform their jobs without fear of being singled out for their age, race, gender, nationality, or, health status and any type of disability. It’s expected that every person employed in the U.S. is able to have access to equal employment opportunities and fair labor practices.
Unfortunately, despite the safeguards enforced by federal and state policies, many employees continue to experience employment discrimination. According to the Leichter Law Firm Employment Group, this discrimination manifests in different situations. Most of the time, illegal discrimination happens during the hiring process and during the process of promotion or termination. Aside from singling out potential or current employees based on their race, gender, nationality, or religion, plenty of individuals also experience being discriminated against based on their age or health status. For example, many women are passed over from receiving proper health insurance and fringe benefits when their employers find out they are pregnant. Sometimes, they are also harassed with offensive remarks and jokes. Persons with disabilities are also often passed over during the hiring process, impeding them from employment opportunities that every individual are supposed to be entitled to.
It’s true that the EEOC has made many significant improvements to ensure that these examples and other instances of employment discrimination are properly addressed. Unfortunately, the reality remains that instances of discrimination continue to be a persistent problem. As a matter of fact, in 2015, the EEOC reported a total number of 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination. Forty-five percent of all these complaints accounted for charges made by employees working in the private sector. Six percent were made by persons with disabilities.
Fortunately, when it comes to instances of employment discrimination, the law is on the side of the aggrieved. Anyone who has experienced instances of employment discrimination is given an opportunity to file a claim against their employer within 180 days of the particular violation. In such a situation, consult with a legal professional as soon as possible to learn more about available legal options.Read More