Spring 2015 Newsletter

Celebrating the EEOC at 50 and Removing Barriers to Inclusion at Western

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will celebrate its 50th anniversary on July 2, 2015.  Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the EEOC is charged with enforcing federal discrimination prohibitions in the workplace, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which celebrated its own 50th anniversary last summer, is a foundational piece of civil rights legislation that provides crucial protections from discrimination for students and employees.  Parts of the Civil Rights Act most relevant at Western are Title VII, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin, and Title VI, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from the Federal government.

Discussing the EEOC-enforced employment laws, EEOC Chair Jenny Yang recently wrote:

  • These anti-discrimination laws have transformed American society in many ways since their enactment. By expanding equal opportunity in the workplace, we have made great strides as a nation towards ensuring that each of us can do the kind of work we want to do – free from discrimination. Yet, there is still much work to be done.

  • Today, we continue to see systemic barriers to equal opportunity in many areas, including hiring, persistent harassment, and increased retaliation. This 50th Anniversary year presents an opportune time for a call to action – to enlist employers and workers in a broader effort to prevent and correct workplace discrimination and to identify real world solutions for our most difficult workplace challenges (Yang).

 

Heeding the EEOC’s call, Western’s Equal Opportunity Office asks members of the campus community to take proactive steps to remove employment barriers for people of color, women, veterans, people with disabilities, and other people from diverse backgrounds.  There are so many ways to get engaged.  Here are just a few:

 

References

Yang, Jenny R., EEOC @ 50 – Investing in Solutions for the 21st Century Workplace, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/history/50th/.

 

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