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Eligible whistleblowers protected from retaliation

Disclosing sensitive information about a business or certain practices is something that could get an employee into a lot of trouble. In many cases, they are restricted from doing so by an employment contract or confidentiality agreement; violating these agreements can be grounds for some serious penalties.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or "EEOC" is an administrative agency whose primary responsibilities include enforcing federal laws with regard to protecting employees and job applicants from discrimination in the workplace. Types of discrimination include discrimination based on race, age (for workers or applicants 40 years of age and older), national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, or genetic information. The EEOC also protects those who are either involved in the investigative process i.e., the aggrieved or those who are acting as a witness during the investigation process from retaliation.

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