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Equal Opportunity Employment (EOE)

 

Outside of the realm of law, the phrase equal opportunity employment (EOE) refers to a company’s practice of hiring new employees and promoting existing workers based on their qualifications and ability to perform a job, not their age, gender, race, or other factors. Organizations that operate with an EOE practice strive to ensure that every applicant and employee has an equal chance of success in their career. 

 

The phrase equal opportunity employment should not be confused with federal law. The U.S. Department of Labor defines Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) as a group of laws prohibiting specific job discrimination types in certain workplaces. Anti-discrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) include:

 

 

Example:

 

If a company wants to promote itself as an equal-opportunity employer, some of these practices will help ensure the company is forward-facing and inclusive. 

  • Consciously hiring a diverse workforce with people of all races, genders, ages, and abilities

  • Having a diverse and representative hiring team

  • Using a blind application process to prevent various biases against protected groups of people

 

Related Terms

Bona Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ)

is an extremely narrow but legally allowed exception to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws. With a BFOQ, some employers can make hiring decisions based on factors that include age, sex (gender), religion, and national origin. However, the employer has to demonstrate how these factors impact a person’s qualification for performing a job.

DEI Policy

is the term used to refer to an organization’s policies or programs used to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion values. Having a DEI policy in place encourages recruiters to recruit and hire diverse team members and build a welcoming workplace that is free of discrimination.

Diversity Hiring

is the conscious practice of creating a diverse workforce by hiring employees from diverse backgrounds, including sexual orientations, races, national origins, and genders.

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