April 23, 2012
Importance of EEOC
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. Applying toward all types of work situations, including; hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits. Organizations that employ at least 15 people are likely to be covered with the EEOC at which most are labor unions and employment agencies (U.S.EEOC, 2012). The system works by fairly and accurately investigating any allegations within a charge and make a finding. If discrimination has indeed occurred, the committee will work at settling the charge, but if nothing is found then the EEOC has the authority to file a lawsuit to protect the rights of individuals and the interest of the public (U.S.EEOC, 2012). The idea behind the EEOC is to bring an end to discrimination but also know that it’s not at all possible, just to an extent. It is the EEOC’s job to protect those covered by the law of discriminatory actions all the while trying to prevent this type of scenario from happening. A huge role for human resource management is to protect and defend their company from lawsuits as well as hiring the right employee for the job. Be sure to train your employees properly on each different scenario of discrimination and provide pamphlets for new hires. Show respect for your fellow employees and be sure to investigate and resolve charges accordingly, providing consults for employees who may need to speak and need help distinguishing a certain matter, as well as providing an interpreter for Spanish translation. Discrimination by type is basically all of the different ways there are for discrimination to occur including age, disability, equal pay/compensation, nationality, genetic info,...