What Is an Equal Opportunity Employer?
The term “equal opportunity employer” dates back to 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson signed an executive order that prohibited federal contractors from discriminating against employees or potential employees based on their sex, race, age, religion, or nationality. President Johnson’s executive order was one of several laws passed during the mid-1960s which was designed to bring equality to the workplace and provide every American with the same employment opportunities.
There have been additional legislation and laws since the executive order was signed which have expanded the scope of what equal opportunity means and who is protected from discrimination. Legislation such as the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991 have provided protection for employees from being discriminated against for:
- Genetic Information
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was created as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and is tasked with enforcing the laws protecting workers. The EEOC investigates claims of discrimination and helps people who have been discriminated against in the workplace prosecute their employers. In addition, the EEOC protects whistle-blowers.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of employment discrimination, it is your responsibility to stand up for your rights. An employment attorney may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact the Austin employment lawyers of The Melton Law Firm today by calling 512-330-0017 for more information.