Compliance with federal, state and local EEO laws is an essential component of any proactive human resources program. In addition to minimizing the risk of administrative charges and litigation, a strategic EEO compliance policy helps promote a diverse, high-performance, satisfied workforce. With some state and local EEO provisions covering companies with as few as one employee, it is critical for organizations of all sizes to understand the complex EEO regulations, and to implement EEO policies to meet those exacting requirements.

We here at the Cabot Institute, along with our partners at the law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, regularly counsel management on developing an EEO strategic compliance program. The government regulations and areas of EEO concern include:

  • Title VII
  • ADA
  • ADEA
  • Equal Pay Act
  • FMLA
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Sexual harassment
  • Hostile environment
  • Retaliation
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • National origin
  • Sex/gender
  • Religion
  • Military/Veterans status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Affirmative Action Plans

Of course, any company can expect to receive EEO-related charges at some point. When those EEO charges do arise, we - along with our partners at Obermayer - are equipped to handle all phases of those EEO actions, beginning with internal and agency complaints through state and federal EEO litigation. We believe you will find our track record in advising, protecting, and defending our clients in all EEO matters quite reassuring.  Steve Cabot, one of North America’s leading labor relations experts, has a stellar record in all aspects of EEO strategy.

Likewise, we are experienced in assisting companies in implementing alternative dispute resolution (known as "ADR") policies to allow companies to avoid costly EEO litigation. ADR procedures are a method of requiring employees to resolve discrimination claims against an employer outside of the formal EEO litigation process, such as through binding arbitration. In addition, we also represent management throughout the ADR process.

We invite you to contact us with any specific questions or concerns related to your organization and its EEO and other workplace needs.