Employee Discrimination (HR) MEMO
Procedures for fining a claim of employment discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission
Both Congress and the Pennsylvania General Assembly authorized administrative agencies to enforce employment discrimination laws. Individuals who want to pursue a claim for employment discrimination must first file a claim with the appropriate administrative agency. On the federal level, this agency is the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC). In Pennsylvania, the agency is the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). This assignment is aimed at familiarizing you with the mission and procedures of these agencies, and with the scope of protection offered to employees under various federal employment discrimination laws and the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act.
Note – I use the terms charge, claim, and complaint interchangeably.
You should use your text, www.eeoc.gov and
http://www.phrc.state.pa.us as your primary sources of information.
Assignment format – Compose the assignment in the following voice and scenario: You are an H.R. employee. Your manager (me) has asked you to prepare a memo to be used for training new employees that explains the functions and purposes of both enforcement agencies. Make sure your memo contains all the information listed below.
Answer the following questions regarding the EEOC:
Answer the following questions regarding the PHRC:
Discuss the differences in Title VII and The PHRA. At a minimum discuss the scope of protected classes, against whom the Acts are enforceable, and the complaint process.