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November 16, 2021Advocacy Matters

EEOC Adds Seven New Translations for Its Website

Disability Matters with Joyce Bender

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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EEOC Adds Seven New Translations for Its Website

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There is important language access information from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC is the federal agency responsible for enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

Last month, the EEOC announced that key online resource documents have been translated into seven additional languages. The translations are available to help improve access for people with limited English proficiency.

In addition to the existing Spanish translations, the EEOC now provides key documents, fact sheets, and publications in Arabic, simplified Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese on www.eeoc.gov.

In making the changes, the EEOC recognized our growing national diversity and reiterated their commitment to ensuring that all workers and job seekers understand their right to be free from illegal harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

The seven new languages were selected based on the needs identified by the EEOC’s field offices as well as data from the U.S. Census Bureau on populations with limited English proficiency.

The EEOC maintains its commitment to accessibility for people with disabilities. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires the EEOC to make all electronic information accessible to people with disabilities. For the deaf and hard of hearing community, the EEOC has 4 methods for the questions or to make initial contact. They have an 800 number, a TTY, a dedicated ASL video phone, and an email address.

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