The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an administrative agency, meaning it is part of the executive branch of the U.S. government. As such, EEOC leaders are appointed by the President, and confirmed by the Senate.
The purpose of the EEOC is to enforce the various anti-discrimination laws passed by the federal government, such as the Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
The EEOC leadership consists of five commissioners, 2 of which are also named chair and vice-chair. Commissioners set EEOC policy, and vote on whether or not to file lawsuits. In addition, there is a general counsel, who acts as the chief attorney for the EEOC. The general counsel reviews all current lawsuits, and advises attorneys in regional offices on employment law.
The EEOC headquarters are located at:
131 M Street NE
Below the commission, there are a number of offices:
The EEOC is organized by district office and field / local office. There are 15 districts in the U.S. For example, the San Francisco District covers Washington, Oregon, half of Nevada and California, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana. Within the San Francisco District, there is the Oakland Local Office, the San Jose Local Office, and the Seattle Field Office. The Seattle Field Office serves Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, while the local offices serve Northern California counties.
In 2007, the EEOC opened a national Contact Center, which can route parties to the appropriate local center. The toll free number for the public is 800-669-4000. The number for parties with speech or are hard of hearing is 800-669-6820. The EEOC is created the National Contact Center to provide the public with 24-hour access to EEOC and information about equal employment rights and concerns.
The National Contact Center will have customer service representatives from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, who can provide callers who can have information for you regarding the following:
Although the EEOC enforces the nation’s anti-discrimination laws and has the power to bring such cases to court, the EEOC does not represent employees. A local employment attorney can help an employee navigate the complex bureaucracy surrounding anti-discrimination law.
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