Discrimination is a subject that both employees and employers may find themselves dealing with at some point in the workplace. Unfortunately, discrimination in the workplace leads to many lawsuits that could otherwise be avoided through due diligence on the part of employers.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The best way for employers to prevent claims and an investigation from the EEOC is to get familiar with EEOC standards and to comply with them in every employment document and workplace policy. It is against the law to discriminate based on a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, disability. Furthermore, it is illegal to retaliate against someone that files a complaint or participates in an investigation for discrimination. Under EEOC federal law, discrimination in the following employment-related activities is prohibited:
- Applicant screening processes
- Firing an employee
- Hiring and onboarding new employees
- Training new employees
- Assigning jobs to employees
- Promoting employees
- Pay and benefits
- Granting leave/time off
Employers must develop policies and procedures that meet state and federal employment regulations and to ensure employees are given access to the manuals upon hiring. It is also vital that the policies and procedures are updated periodically in accordance with revisions as they occur.
Why You Need an Attorney
If an applicant or employee submits a report to the EEOC alleging that an employer has discriminated against them, the commission will begin a claim investigation. It is beneficial for employers to connect with an attorney that is intimately familiar with the EEOC investigative process. An employment attorney will help you understand the allegations against you as well as how to handle them. With a knowledgeable expert on your side, you can avoid expensive civil lawsuits through other forms of dispute resolution and reduce or eliminate potential penalties and associated fees.
If you would like to speak with an attorney for discrimination defense in Tampa, please contact us at 813.579.3278, or submit our contact request form.