FCC EEO Rules

FCC EEO Compliance is a Critical Component of the Broadcast License Renewal Process.

The FCC’s equal employment opportunity (EEO) rules apply to commercial and non-commercial broadcasters and multi-channel video programming distributors such as cable and satellite TV operators. Since the rules were implemented in 2003, the FCC has conducted random audits of stations on an annual basis, imposed numerous fines, and provided several important clarifications to the rules.

FCC EEO Rules: A Primer for Ohio Broadcast Stations

In 2018, the OAB’s FCC counsel of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, updated its guide on EEO rules,  FCC Equal Employment Opportunity Rules: A Primer for Ohio Broadcast Stations.

A printed copy of the guide was sent to all stations.  Stations may request additional print copies of the guide.

2018 FCC EEO Rules Webinar

The OAB, in coordination with broadcast associations in North Carolina and Virginia, presented a webinar on the FCC’s EEO rules in August 2018. The session was led by Stephen Hartzell, a partner at the Brooks Pierce law firm.

Among the topics discussed were:

  • The FCC’s general EEO requirements
  • The FCC’s recruitment requirements
  • The importance of non-vacancy outreach activities
  • Reporting requirements
  • Recordkeeping requirements

An archive of the session is available, along with a PDF copy of the presentation slides.