EEOC Issues Fact Sheet to Help Small Business Owners Prevent Discrimination

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has issued a one-page fact sheet entitled “Preventing Discrimination is Good Business” to help small business owners understand their responsibilities under the federal employment anti-discrimination laws.

“It is our responsibility at EEOC to help businesses understand their legal obligations under the complex and ever-changing federal employment discrimination laws and regulations,” EEOC Commissioner Constance S. Barker stated in a press release. “We want small businesses to be able to quickly and easily access the information they need to comply with the laws.”

The fact sheet provides a brief and user-friendly overview of the legal obligations of small business owners under the anti-discrimination laws. To respond to the large number of small businesses across the country started by immigrants whose first language is not English, the fact sheet is available in 30 different languages at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/.

The EEOC fact sheet is available in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, English, French (Canadian), French (European), German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Marshallese, Nepali, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

The fact sheet is a product of the EEOC Small Business Task Force launched in 2011 and led by Commissioner Barker to give small business owners access to plainly written and easily understood information through the internet, social media, and other sources. The small business fact sheet is the first in a series of products the Task Force is developing.

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