EEOC Issues New Guidelines to Discourage Workplace Bias

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission here issued a new compliance manual yesterday in an effort to stop subtle forms of race discrimination in the workplace.

While the new guidelines do not change existing job discrimination laws, they aim to set the record straight on what some employees and lawyers see as murky areas. Racial bias claims currently make up one-third of EEOC complaints.

Some examples of the emerging areas in racial bias are English-only language discrimination against immigrants, incidents of discrimination in which minority employers favor their own groups, and instances of illegal exclusion of minority employees from advancement, networking, and other job opportunities.

The updated EEOC guidelines can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov.
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