Labour Law | The Employment Equity Act

What is the Employment Equity Act? 

The purpose of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 (“the Act”) is to achieve equity in the workplace, ensure that all employees receive equal opportunities and that employees are treated fairly by their employers. The Act protects employees, and their rights, from any form of discrimination from employers. 

The Act ensures that designated groups have equal opportunities in finding employment in South Africa. 

What is the purpose of the Employment Equity Act?

According to the Department of Labour’s ‘Act Summary’, the Act has two main purposes, including:

  • Promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment through the elimination of unfair discrimination.
  • Implementing affirmative action measures to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups, to ensure their equitable representation in all occupational categories and levels in the workforce.

Why should employers implement the Employment Equity Act? 

Not only is it a legal requirement in South Africa, but it is critical for our country to achieve the levels of economic growth that are necessary for sustainable growth and future returns. 

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