If you have suffered age discrimination or other types of discrimination in the workplace, you may wonder what options are available to you. You might have heard of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC but have wondered what it is and what it does. The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that prohibit discrimination against either an employee or job applicant based on the party's race, color, national origin, religion, sex, which includes pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation, age, which is those 40 or older, disability or genetic information.
In addition, the EEOC enforces laws that make it illegal to discriminate against an employee or applicant because they complained about discrimination, filed a claim of discrimination or were part of an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. Employees should keep in mind that it is always illegal for employers to retaliate against them for asserting their rights. The protections enforced by the EEOC relate to hiring, firing, promotions, training, wages, benefits and harassment.
Most employers who employ 15 or more employees or 20 or more employees in circumstances of age discrimination, are covered by the EEOC. The EEOC is able to investigate claims of discrimination brought against employers covered by EEOC laws. The EEOC can reach a finding based on its investigation, make an attempt at settlement or file a lawsuit. Workplace discrimination can have a negative impact on workers, which is why the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides protections.
Discrimination in the workplace based on age or other circumstances can threaten the livelihoods of workers. As a result, workers should always be familiar with their rights and protections and how to enforce them.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Overview," Accessed April 2, 2017