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How to Create an Employee Handbook

If you’ve ever had a position in a company or a business, small or large, you probably know what an employee handbook is. It’s a packet with vital information about what you can expect when working at so and so company, what they expect of you, legal obligations, employees rights and an overall guide to making your job or position at that business all the better. If you want to write an employee handbook, revise it or you already wrote one and you want to make sure that you included everything needed, make sure you keep reading to see which topics you should include and some examples you should put in your employee handbook. It’s also a good idea to go over these guides, especially the legal sections with an employment lawyer.

What Is a Hostile Work Environment?

Every single day, people show up for a job they either love or they hate. Most of the time if it’s a job they hate, it’s because it’s a hostile work environment. Some people don’t even realize this is a real thing and they just take their abuse like they think they should – especially if it’s the boss dolling it out. However, a hostile work environment is a real issue and it comes in all forms. Not only is this something that women can go through, but men as well. Any type of abuse that makes you uncomfortable, feel awkward, not be able to do your job correctly or feel hesitant about coming into work – is not allowed, not right, and there are things you can do the educate yourself. Just look below to see the different types of abuse/harassment and find out what you can do to stop working in a hostile work environment.

Workplace Discrimination and Employment Law

Getting a new job is an exciting and somewhat nervous situation to go through. We’ve all seen those packets of forms you have to fill out after you get the job, including an EEO. These EEO forms or Equal Employment Opportunity really help protect you, as well as the employer from discrimination. Of course there are different types of discrimination, but the law states that no matter your race, sex, creed or origin you have an equal opportunity for employment just as much as someone outside of the 4 protected classes. There are also other protected classes though such as age discrimination, disability discrimination, genetic discrimination, and even sexuality – though sexuality is not exactly a law per se, since it has not been signed by congress. Yet. To find out more about these types of discrimination, keep reading and find out if you are being discriminated against and how to file a complaint.

Employee Protection Laws in the United States

The EEOC or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was developed and created through the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  However, it has a mission that has been shaped by numerous pieces of legislation. It may have seemed to start simple enough but over the years many laws and amendments have continued to expand the role, responsibilities and authority of the EEOC. There are many pieces of legislation that make up the employment protection laws of the United States.

What is the EEOC?

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the EEOC is a federal agency which has the responsibility of enforcing federal laws which prohibit discrimination of any kind in the workplace. Employment laws are in place which make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an applicant or an employee based on the individual’s color, race, gender, state of pregnancy, religion, age (40 years old and above), national origin, genetic information or disability. Retaliation against a person who complains about or reports discrimination, files a discrimination claim, or participates in an investigation about employment discrimination is also prohibited. Most employers who have a minimum of 15 employees must abide by EEOC laws. In age discrimination cases the company has to have at least 20 employees. Most employment agencies and labor unions are covered by EEOC laws as well. Discrimination laws are applicable to all kinds of work situations such as hiring and firing, harassment, wages, benefits, training and promotions.