Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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.

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