Just last year there were 89,385 individual cases filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for cases of discrimination. Is your organization prepared to recognize and remedy Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) issues before they escalate into litigation? Why is EEO important in the first place? With the appropriate training, your organization can rise above and create a culture of inclusion and acceptance. Consider the following benefits of EEO staff training:

Keep up with changes. First, you must know and understand the law! With more protected categories than ever before, employees must be educated on what is considered discrimination and how to report it and prevent it. It’s important your organization evolve with the laws and regulations surrounding EEO rather than try to play catch up later.

Promote a strong organizational culture. It’s important to create a culture that effectively engages ethics and compliance in the delivery of relevant content that will resonate with employees. The message should be concise and legally defensible content that will inspire employees to do the right thing.

Be proactive. Key employees must know and understand the EEO laws when interviewing, hiring, discipline, and firing. Managers and supervisors should have periodic training on prohibited employment practices (including unlawful harassment and discrimination) and be aware of the EEO