January 20, 2019


Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and Iowa Civil Rights Commission

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, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age (40 or older), religion, or disability. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered. The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits.
The Iowa Civil Rights Commission's major duty is to enforce state and federal statutes that prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodations, housing, education and credit by investigating and litigating civil rights complaints. In addition, the Commission provides conflict resolution services and mediation for civil rights matters. In addition to its role as an enforcer of civil rights laws, the Commission actively educates the public to prevent discrimination, biased conduct and stereotypes.

In addition, the AGCA has developed a guide for employers to follow in setting up affirmative action and EEO policies within the company.  The guide advises on appropriate policy and booking requirements to be compliant with Federal laws. 

To order the guide at the discounted MBI member rate, go to the AGC of America Bookstore.  You will need your AGC user ID and password to receive the discount.  Please contact Aly Schmidt at the MBI office to obtain this information – or  (515) 288-8904.

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