The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released guidance concerning workplace harassment. The EEOC intends to provide more protection for workers in the workplace. As such, the proposed guidance “explains the legal standards and employer liability applicable to harassment claims under the federal employment discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC.”
These laws provide significant protections for workers, such as prohibiting harassment based on protected characteristics. Protected characteristics include religion, race, sex, color, age (if 40 or over), national origin, genetic information, or disability. The guidance also provides several examples that show a variety of scenarios.
These examples can help employers see how to handle different situations. Though employers must stay updated on workplace harassment laws, employees should familiarize themselves, too. A basic understanding of these rules and updates can assist employees in feeling safe in the workplace. It also allows you to protect your rights when faced with harassment.
Some of the proposed updates concerning workplace harassment deal with the increasing use of digital technology. It also addresses how the many social media and online content can make the workplace environment more hostile. Another change discusses the addition of harassment based on pregnancy, reproductive decisions, and childbirth to sex-based harassment. The law protects you from these examples and the following:
If the consumer reporting agency is nationwide, you have the following rights under the FCRA:
Employers can face hefty fines and penalties for workplace harassment. In some cases, workers can choose to file a lawsuit. If you succeed in your lawsuit, you could receive actual damages, attorneys’ fees, costs, and punitive damages.
These updates to the EEOC’s regulations will have significant benefits for employees and job seekers alike. However, these regulations will not prevent employers from taking action based on the results of a consumer report. As such, you should ensure the accuracy of your background checks by running a self-check. Self-background checks allow you to correct inaccuracies before employers see them.
Background checks don’t have to be complicated. Try running a self background check today and give yourself a head start.