Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Responsibilities and Obligations

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The “eeoc” or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a federal agency empowered by Congress pursuant to Civil Rights Act of 1964 to enforce the laws prohibiting workplace discrimination.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically gives the Commission the power to pursue those private and public employers engaging in discriminatory acts.  Workers that feel they are being subject to discrimination, or when a company is practicing wide scale discrimination prohibited by law, can file a complaint with the EEOC. The Commission would then investigate the claims, to advise employees of their rights, and to potentially threaten a lawsuit against an employer to make them compliant with anti-discrimination policies.   The Department of Labor and the EEOC have similar jurisdictions under Title VII over complaints concerning acts of discrimination by government contractors as a result the OFCCP, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, now acts as agent of the EEOC concerning such violations.

EEOC Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action is an eeoc policy intended to promote access to education or employment by minorities in order to redress past discrimination.  Preferential treatment is given to minorities often through the use of “quotas” and this preferential treatment is not presently considered discriminatory treatment for the purposes of the EEOC.

Medicare - EEOC Involvement

The EEOC recently promulgated a rule allowing employers that provide retiree health benefits to continue the longstanding practice of coordinating those benefits with Medicare without violating the age discrimination in employment act.   The new rule will function to safeguard retiree health benefits.

EEOC Legal Help

If you believe that you or a member of your family has suffered physical, financial or emotional harms due to illegal discrimination based on the actions of a public or private employer it may be important to discuss the circumstances with an experienced EEOC attorney to determine if you need to file a preliminary complaint detailing the alleged acts of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to preserve your rights and interests.