EEO Training Requirements

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires that all current EEO Counselors and EEO Investigators must receive 8 hours minimum of training annually to stay abreast of updated EEO regulations.

New EEO Counselors and EEO Investigators must get 32 hours minimum of training before taking on EEOC counseling jobs.

EEOC training programs are designed to familiarize persons with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which apply to all organizations with 15 or more employees. EEOC training also includes the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Equal Pay Act, which applies to businesses with 20 more employees.

EEOC training features both instruction and case studies that allow employees to handle and prevent problems related to discrimination. Workshops, seminars and other events usually provide an overview of EEO, affirmative action and diversity. Training allows participants to assess their own knowledge and skill in dealing with difficult situations.

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