The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that works to protect the federal rights of American workers. The EEOC pursues lawsuits and financial compensation on behalf of workers who have been victimized on the job by sexual harassment, discrimination, wage-related abuses and many other kinds of unconscionable practices. Here is a shortlist of the most common ways that the EEOC helps ensure the fair treatment of workers in the United States:
- Enforcing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, which protects people who are 40 years of age and up against ageism in the workplace.
- Ensures the fair treatment of Americans with disabilities and enforces anti-discrimination laws for workers with disabilities.
- Enforces the equal pay standard for all sexes.
- Defending workers against Civil Rights Act of 1964 violations including discrimination due to an employee’s religion, race, national origin, sex and color.
- Defending women against pregnancy discrimination and ensuring that employers do not discriminate against women because they are with child or because they are suffering from the health effects of childbirth and pregnancy.
The EEOC is diligent in its efforts to protect the rights of American workers, but it’s efforts are not always perfect — particularly when it comes to the evaluation of complaints filed by harmed workers who need justice. In fact, the process of submitting an EEOC complaint and getting approval from the EEOC to pursue a lawsuit on your behalf is not always straightforward or easy.
If you’re suffering from on-the-job abuses, make sure you understand how the law applies to you before you submit your EEOC complaint as it will help make sure you’re appropriately heard.