Posted March 26, 2012

Q&A: Equal opportunity employer rules

The Herald Bulletin (Anderson):

Q: A human resources representative told me that in employment ads “Equal opportunity employer” must be spelled out rather than written as “EOE” to count as protection for the employer.

Is this correct?

A: Not to my knowledge.

An Indiana Civil Rights Commission spokesman said he has not been made aware of any changes in how “EOE” should be used in classified advertising.

Mike Healy, an attorney with the state Civil Rights Commission, said the law doesn’t even require the use of “EOE” or its spelled-out equivalent in employment ads.

The commission recommends an advertiser use the language to reassure candidates that they will be considered fairly.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.

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