In the article “Legal Matters: Equal Employment Training Opportunity,” John Murphy discusses the primary point of Equal Employment Opportunity(EEO). He states that firefighters, fire officers, fire chiefs, and staff must be informed about workplace discrimination. This avoids harassment, discriminates, or hostility. Over all this will eliminate many set backs in the work place. EEO transitions away from claims against a company.
The supervisors’ of the firefighters should be trained on a supervisor level. These laws will prevent any or all violations of EEO. EEO is a fire department’s greatest liability. Fire officers should be trained and know who constitutes protected groups under state and federal law. They also need to be aware of inappropriate behavior that can violate laws and policies. Reports of violations should be filed, and employees need training in that area as well. The major issue here is that violations of the EEO policies are an expense for the fire department. These violations and expenses can be avoided with the initiative to have proper training.