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An Overview of Equal Employment Opportunity Laws

With 15 years of legal experience, Synthia Shilling most recently served as an attorney with the United States Department of Agriculture, where she prepared final agency decisions for the department’s equal employment opportunity (EEO) cases. To stay up-to-date on current law developments, Synthia Shilling continues to study such legal topics as public interest law, alternative dispute resolution, and EEO law.

Established through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces a wide range of workplace and disability laws and regulations, such as the Equal Pay Act of 1963. This law not only makes it illegal for people of different sexes performing the same job in the same workplace to be paid differently, but it also protects workers from retaliation if they complain about alleged discrimination or file a discrimination charge. The EEOC additionally enforces Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prevents employers from discriminating against qualified people who have disabilities and states that employers must make reasonable accommodations for workers with mental or physical limitations. Outside of the aforementioned laws, EEOC works to prevent discrimination based on factors like age, race, nationality, and religion.