Did you know that, under the laws enforced by EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee),in every aspect of employment, because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

It is also illegal to retaliate against a person because he or she complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Illegal Employer Activities

In the following activities, it is illegal for an employer to show a preference for or discourage someone because of his or her race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information:

  • Job Advertisements
  • Recruitment
  • Application and Hiring
  • Job Referral
  • Job Assignment and Promotion
  • Pay and Benefits
  • Discipline and Discharge
  • Employment References
  • Reasonable Accommodation for Religion
  • Training and Apprenticeship
  • Terms and Conditions of Employment
  • Pre-Employment Inquiries
  • Dress Code

Worker Harassment

It is illegal to harass an employee because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

It is also illegal to harass someone because they have complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Constructive Discharge and Forced Resignation

Discriminatory practices under the laws EEOC enforces also include constructive discharge or forcing an employee to resign by making the work environment so intolerable a reasonable person would not be able to stay.