How does the EEOC protect my rights as an employee?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a powerful federal agency that exists to protect your rights as an employee. Whether you are working as a wage slave in a low-paying fast food restaurant or earning a high-level salary with great bonuses at a multinational corporation, the EEOC is available to make sure your employer doesn't infringe upon your inherent rights as a worker in the United States.

The EEOC pursues lawsuits on your behalf related to sexual harassment, failure to pay wages, discrimination and other issues.

What kinds of claims does the EEOC handle?

Below are a few of the most important protections offered by this vital federal agency:

The policing of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1976: The EEOC pursues claims for compensation and other remedies on behalf of workers who are 40 years of age and up who have been victimized by ageism during hiring, firing, promoting and the dispensation of various workplace benefits.

The protection of American workers with disabilities: By virtue of powerful federal laws, no employer may discriminate against workers with disabilities, nor may employers deny such workers reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. The EEOC ensures that U.S. employers must abide by these rules.

Equal pay for all sexes: No matter your gender, your employer must pay you equally compared to other genders in your workplace. The EEOC defends cases of pay-related violations.

Protecting workers from sexual harassment: The EEOC pursues financial compensation and other remedies on behalf of those who have been the victim of sexual harassment on the job.

Protection against all forms of discrimination: The EEOC pursues lawsuits on behalf of workers whose employers or coworkers harmed them because of their race, sex, national origin or other on-the-job discriminatory practices.

File your EEOC complaint according to the law

Although the power of the EEOC is available to workers who have suffered infringement of their employment rights, not all workers who submit EEOC complaints get approved for litigation. As such, it's vital that workers file their complaints the right way with a detailed understanding of the laws at issue in their employment law cases.

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