The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination in the recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion, or termination of employees on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, family medical history and genetic information. The EEOC has a long history of identifying and remedying discrimination in hiring and ensuring job applicants such as those with arrest and conviction records are treated fairly under the laws it enforces. In addition to its long-standing guidance and policy statements on the subject and related enforcement and public education activities, the EEOC is placing additional emphasis on helping to remove unnecessary barriers to federal employment for those with arrest and/or conviction records through its participation in the Cabinet-level Interagency Reentry Council. The EEOC has also issued guidance and employer best practices on the treatment of caregivers that helps address stereotypes and provides tangible support for shifting the paradigm that fathers are not equally engaged in care-giving.
Other Helpful Links:
- Learn more about the EEOC and the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.
- Access the Enforcement Guidance: Unlawful Disparate Treatment of Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities (2007), which assists investigators, employees, and employers in assessing whether a particular employment decision affecting a caregiver might unlawfully discriminate.
- Access the Employer Best Practices for Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities, for best practices that employers may adopt to reduce the chance of EEO violations against caregivers, and to remove barriers to equal employment opportunity.
- Access the Policy Statement on the Issue of Conviction Records Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (1987), for guidance on the use of conviction records in employment decisions.
- Access the Policy Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII (1990), for guidance on the use of arrest records in employment decisions.