The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a new simplified, one-page fact sheet designed to help small business owners better understand their responsibilities under the federal employment anti-discrimination laws.

"Preventing Discrimination is Good Business" also provides information about other EEOC resources available for small business owners.

The fact sheet is available in 30 different languages to respond to the large number of small businesses across the country started by immigrants whose first language is not English.

It will be distributed by the 53 EEOC offices nationwide as part of the agency's continuing outreach efforts to small businesses across the United States.

Small Business Task Force

The fact sheet is a product of EEOC's Small Business Task Force led by Commissioner Constance S. Barker. Barker launched the Task Force in 2011 to address the need to provide small businesses ready access to plainly written, easily understood information through the Internet, social media, and other sources.

It is focusing on the needs of startups and companies that are too small to afford human resource professionals or lawyers. The small business fact sheet is the first in a series of products the Task Force is in the process of developing.

The Task Force is also working on producing a series of short You Tube videos designed to provide quick, easy answers to questions often asked by small business owners.