“All employees will have the freedom to compete on a fair and level playing field with equal opportunity for competition. Equal employment opportunity covers all personnel/employment programs, management practices, and decisions, including, but not limited to recruitment/hiring, merit promotion, transfer, assignments, training and career development, benefits, and separation. Each of us has a role to play in the EEO Program. We must respect our diversity as a source of strength.”
JOHN J. BROADMEADOW
Lieutenant General, United States Marine Corps
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) is the principle that everyone can have equal access to employment opportunities based on merit, without fear of discrimination or harassment. Many Australian employers develop EEO policies to promote workplace diversity and create a safe workplace for all employees.
What Is EEO?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits.