Equal Employment Opportunity Commission



1801 L Street NW., Washington, DC 20507

Phone, 202-663-4900. TTY, 202-663-4494. Internet, www.eeoc.gov.

Chair Cari M. Dominguez

Vice Chair Naomi C. Earp

Commissioners Stuart J. Ishimaru, Leslie Silverman,


Executive Officer Stephen Llewellyn, Acting

Chief Operating Officer Leonora L. Guarraia

General Counsel Eric Dreiband

Inspector General Aletha L. Brown

Director, Office of Communications and Karin Pedrick

Legislative Affairs

Director, Office of Equal Opportunity Jean Watson

Director, Office of Federal Operations Carlton M. Hadden

Legal Counsel Peggy R. Mastroianni, Acting

Director, Office of Field Programs Nicholas Inzeo

Director, Office of Financial and Resource Jeffrey Smith


Director, Office of Human Resources Angelica Ibarguen

Director, Office of Information Resources Sallie T. Hsieh


Director, Office of Research, Information, and Deidre Flippen



The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces laws which prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age in hiring, promoting, firing, setting wages, testing, training, apprenticeship, and all other terms and conditions of employment. The Commission conducts investigations of alleged discrimination; makes determinations based on gathered evidence; attempts conciliation when discrimination has taken place; files lawsuits; and conducts voluntary assistance programs for employers, unions, and community organizations. The Commission also has adjudicatory and oversight responsibility for all compliance and enforcement activities relating to equal employment opportunity among Federal employees and applicants, including discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was created by title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e-4), and became operational July 2, 1965. The Commission is comprised of five Commissioners appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for 5-year staggered terms. The President designates a Chairman and a Vice Chairman. The Commission operates through 50 field offices, each of which processes charges.


Enforcement The Commission's field offices receive charges of job discrimination under title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Field offices may initiate


investigations to find violations of the acts.

Charges Under Title VII Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin by private employers, State and local governments, and educational institutions with 15 or more employees, or by the Federal Government, private and public employment agencies, labor organizations, and joint labor-

management committees for apprenticeship and training.

If there is reasonable cause to believe a charge filed is true, the district, area, or local office attempts to remedy the alleged unlawful practices through informal methods of conciliation, conference, and persuasion. If an acceptable conciliation agreement is not secured, the case is considered for possible litigation. If litigation is approved, the Commission will bring suit in an appropriate Federal district court.

Americanswith Disabilities Act Charges Employment discrimination charges based on disability may be filed at any of the Commission's field offices. The Commission will investigate and attempt to conciliate the charges.

AgeDiscrimination in Employment Act or Equal Pay Act Charges and Complaints When a discrimination charge is filed, the Commission will attempt to eliminate the unlawful practice through informal methods of conciliation, conference, and persuasion. A lawsuit may be brought by the Commission if conciliation fails, or individuals may file suit on their own. A lawsuit under the EPA may be filed by the Commission or by the complainant.

Complaints Against the FederalGovernment The Commission's Federal sector processing regulations guide Federal employees or job applicants who want to file complaints of job discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Informal mediation of the matter is required before filing a charge. An accepted complaint is investigated by the respondent agency, and there is a right to a hearing before an EEOC administrative judge before the agency issues its final...

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