By John K. Murphy
The primary point of equal employment opportunity (EEO) training is to teach firefighters, fire officers, fire chiefs, and staff about workplace discrimination so they may subsequently avoid conduct that harasses, discriminates, or causes a hostile Workplace either intentionally or inadvertently. By implementing EEO training first as a preventative measure, your fire department will have a better chance of avoiding and defending against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
- The department policy preventing harassment, discrimination, and a hostile workplace.
- Who constitutes protected groups under federal and state law.
- The types of conduct and employment practices and decisions that violate the law and your policies.
- How to report violations and maintain confidentiality of those reports.
- What fire officers and firefighters should do when they learn of potential violations.
- What is the organization’s prohibition against retaliation against complainants?
Source: AHI’s Employment Law Today (8/10/2010)
JOHN K. MURPHY, JD, MS, PA-C, EFO, retired as a deputy fire chief after 32 years of career service and is a practicing attorney and a speaker on legal and medical issues at local, state, and national fire service conferences. He is a frequent contributing author to Fire Engineering.