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equal opportunity

1) n. a right supposedly guaranteed by both federal and many state laws against any discrimination in employment, education, housing or credit rights due to a person's race, color, sex (or sometimes sexual orientation), religion, national origin, age or handicap. A person who believes he/she has not been granted equal opportunity or has been outright sexually harassed or discriminated against may bring a lawsuit under federal and most state laws, or file a complaint with the federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission or a state equal opportunity agency. 2) adj. a term applied to employers, lenders and landlords, who advertise that they are "equal opportunity employers," subtly suggesting all others are not, even though they are required by law to be so. (See: affirmative action)

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) is a bi-partisan body of five members, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, who act as the enforcer of employment anti-discrimination laws and chief promoter of equal employment opportunity in the US.
Reasonable accommodations are adjustments or modifications provided by an employer to enable people with disabilities to enjoy equal employment opportunities.
Hendricks was most recently the deputy assistant director of the equal employment opportunity programs division of the Department of Defense's Washington headquarters services.
Several very expensive individual and class action settlements and verdicts followed, and employers began to pay attention to their responsibilities to ensure equal employment opportunity.
Roughly 200 informal Equal Employment Opportunity complaints are filed each year with the Department's Office of Civil Rights alone.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing the ADA, and, in 1995, interpreted "disability" in the ADA to include genetic predisposition to disease.
* The long list of service opportunities includes setting up an HR department, regulatory compliance, labor relations, contract analysis, supervisory training, benefit plan design, job-grade classification systems, applying for training grants, due diligence for acquisitions and divestitures, recruiting, outsourced CFO help, equal employment and awareness training, benefits administration and performance evaluation systems-to name a few.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settled a racial discrimination suit with Commercial Coating Service, Inc., of Conroe, Texas, for more than $1 million.
The newsletter carries news and developments as well as commentary from employment law attorneys and includes coverage of such topics as: equal employment opportunity laws: wrongful termination and discipline; employee privacy issues, including drug testing; wages, hours and working conditions; unemployment and state disability insurance; trade secrets and unfair competition; California occupational safety and health law; employer liability to third parties for employee conduct; and, public sector labor relations.
Given that all focus-group discussions were conducted with government employees who are covered by Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Family Friendly Workplace (FFW) policies, it is noteworthy that no one in the groups made supportive reference to these policies.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released the number of discrimination charges, by type of discrimination, that it received in FY 2004, along with the monetary benefits recovered for charging parties and other aggrieved individuals during that term (which doesn't include monetary benefits obtained through litigation).
The service also features the latest editions of "A Guide to Federal Labor Relations Authority and Practice," "A Guide to Merit Systems Promotion Board Law and Practice" and "A Guide to Federal Sector Equal Employment Law and Practice."

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