Victor Melendez is an executive HR consultant with International Consulting Associates in Los Angeles, and has over two decades of experience in human resources management. In addition to serving as the VP of human resources and human resources director for several health care firms, Victor Melendez has experience in human resources at the governmental level, having served as the director of Arizona’s Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), operating from its headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as field offices in every state, is a federal agency that enforces laws against discrimination in the workplace, including discrimination based on race, religion, age, sex, and disability, and against individuals who have previously complained about discrimination. All workplace situations are covered by EEOC laws, including hiring, wages, promotions, and training.
In order to enforce these laws, the EEOC has the authority to carry out investigations, determine if discrimination has occurred, and file a lawsuit if a settlement cannot be reached. In an effort to prevent cases of workplace discrimination, the EEOC provides outreach and education services, including no-cost programs, for both employers and employees.