EEOC Publishes Guidance for Employers



By:  Claudia D. Orr


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just published a one page summary that small employers or new human resources professionals may find useful.  It can be found at:

If the link does not work, cut and paste it in your browser.  Buried within the page are other useful links as well.  Just a quick note though … there are other protected statuses not identified in the publication.  For example, under Michigan law, weight, height, marital status, and misdemeanor arrest records cannot be used to make employment decisions. Also, sex includes pregnancy and conditions related to pregnancy and the EEOC takes the position that sexual orientation and transgendered status are also protected statuses.

If you haven’t visited the websites for the EEOC or the Michigan Department of Civil Rights lately, you might be surprised how rich in resources they are.

This article was written by Claudia D. Orr, who is Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of Detroit SHRM, and an experienced labor/employment attorney at the Detroit office of Plunkett Cooney (a full service law firm and resource partner of Detroit SHRM).  She can be reached at or at (313) 983-4863. 

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