The purpose is to achieve equality in the workplace by:
Any employer who intends to contract with the state must comply with its employment equity obligations.
Designated Employers must comply.
An organisation is considered to be a designated employer if:
A notable difference between the Employment Equity Act and the BEE Act is the beneficiaries. BEE restricts the beneficiaries to Black people and the EEA considers both white women and white people with disabilities as previously disadvantaged.