EEOC Offers New Online Resource Center for Small Business Employers


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new online resource center for small businesses. The Small Business Resource Center is designed to help small business owners comply with federal employment anti-discrimination laws. In addition, the resource center provides guidance on making employment decision and information on a variety of potential workplace discrimination issues.

The resource center was designed to help small business owners better understand their legal responsibilities under federal anti-discrimination employment laws. The new resource center is part of the EEOC’s Small Business Task Force. The task force focuses on addressing the needs of small businesses by providing information on social media websites in addition to other online channels. The new resource center has also launched the first in a series of short videos for small business owners focusing on frequently asked anti-discrimination compliance questions.

Commissioner Constance Barker stated the following regarding the resource center:

“On behalf of EEOC’s Small Business Task Force, I am very pleased to announce the release of the SBRC. Startups and other small businesses continue to play an integral role in the strength of our nation’s economy. It is our responsibility as a federal government agency to help businesses understand their legal obligations under the complex and ever-changing laws and regulations we enforce. We want small businesses to be able to quickly and easily access the information they need to comply with the laws. It is our hope that the Small Business Resource Center will help them do just that, so that they can focus their time and efforts on growing their businesses and creating new jobs.”

Contact our law office for more information about state and federal anti-discrimination laws and resources.

EEOC Ruling: Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination


In a recent decision, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that discrimination by employers against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  

Title VII governs employment discrimination claims against public and private employers. Under Title VII, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee on the basis of her race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. While Title VII does not explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the EEOC’s new ruling clarifies that Title VII indeed prohibits such discrimination.

EEOC Issues Final Rule on “Reasonable Factors Other than Age” Under the ADEA


by Sayema Hameed

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a final rule clarifying an employer’s defense against claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA).  The ADEA prohibits employment discrimination against people who are 40 years of age or older.  In addition to prohibiting intentional discrimination against older workers, the ADEA also prohibits facially neutral policies and practices that have the effect of harming older workers more than younger workers (known as “disparate impact”).  The final rule explains the “Reasonable Factors Other than Age” defense to disparate impact claims under the ADEA.