The topic of the seminar was on Employment Discrimination, and the main focus was on understanding the legalities. The seminar provides the history of EEO legislation in which it highlights the discrimination against women and people of color in America (Dale, 2008). The issue of racial discrimination has been in existence for a long time and people like DR. Martin Luther King, Jr emphasized that the lawmakers and the President had to address it and thus the need to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Dale, 2008). The seminar also highlights the purpose of EEO law which to address the issues of inequality and ensure that every potential employee gets hired regardless of their physical characteristics. The employees need to take a valid test to assess their abilities that match the task requirements; therefore the employers can determine their job performance.
I learned a lot from the seminar that I can apply in my future career and understanding my rights as an employee. I learned that it is unacceptable to ask potential candidates questions such as their gender, political preferences, and national origin during the interview (Dale, 2008). It might lead to the development of discrimination of a competent employee. I also learned that it is against the EEO Law for an employer to make assumptions on the job abilities of the employees because of their race, gender, and age. If the hiring manager perceives that certain women cannot perform specific tasks, then even competent women that could have been valuable to the company will not get the job opportunity. I also learned that there are several Ant-Discrimination Laws like the Equal Pay Act 1963, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act among others (Dale, 2008). These laws apply to the employees since the laws protect them against any form of discrimination from their employers. Different situations, therefore call for the application of one or more than two Ant-Discrimination Laws.
Dale J. Dwyer, Ph. D. (2008). Employment Law. Employment Discrimination: Understanding Legalities. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).