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Labor Secretary Solis Announces Continuing Commitment to Equal Employment in DOL

May 21, 2011

In recent employment news that our Fullerton labor and employment attorneys have been following, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis recently announced the Department of Labor's renewed and full commitment to implementing equal employment opportunity policies for all applicants and employees.

In the announcement, Solis expressed her personal effort and commitment to make the U.S. Department of Labor a model workplace, that is free from unwanted harassment and discrimination--fostering a working environment where every employee is able to fully utilize their full employment capabilities. Solis stressed the importance for the DOL to achieve, maintain and reflect a high-quality and diverse workforce at all levels of organization in the department.

According to Solis, the department's policies ensure equal protections for all applicants and employees regardless of age, race, religion, color, sex, including pregnancy, national origin, gender identity, as well as mental and physical disabilities, genetic information, and sexual orientation. Solis' statement also includes signed and updated policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, pregnancy, and gender identity.

The U.S. Department of Labor is required every year to issue a written policy stating the secretary's commitment to equal employment opportunities and the department's commitment to a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.

US Department of Labor announces renewed commitment to fair treatment and equal opportunity for all of its employees, U.S. Department of Labor Press Release, April 28, 2011

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

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