U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered.
The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits.
Broward County Human Rights Section
The Broward County Human Rights Ordinance protects individuals from unlawful discrimination in employment (employer with 5 – 14 employees), housing and public accommodations.
- Employment: Jurisdiction over employment-related complaints alleging race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or pregnancy is limited to employers with 5-14 employees. Complaints against employers with more than 15 employees must be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or with the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Employment-related complaints alleging sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, gender identity or expression and pregnancy, regardless of the number of employees, are handled by the Human Rights Section.
For more information, contact the Human Rights Section at 954-357-7800 (voice),
954-357-6181 (TTY), or visit broward.org/humanrights.
Broward County Human Rights Protected Classifications