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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

What is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is an Independent federal law enforcement agency that is responsible for enforcing laws to prevent workplace discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will discourage unfair treatment in the workplace by investigating discrimination complaints that may arise based on an individual’s race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, perceived intelligence, age, religion, disability and any acts of retaliation for reporting and/or opposing discriminatory practices.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is empowered to file discrimination suits against those employers who commit such acts on behalf of alleged victims. In addition to filing the claims, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is empowered to adjudicate the claims of discrimination brought against federal agencies.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was established on July 2, 1965; the Commission is specified under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Quick Facts


The following details outline the administration of the Equal Opportunity Commission:

The Equal Opportunity Commission was established on July 2nd of 1965

The headquarters of the Equal Opportunity Commission are located in Washington, D.C.

The Equal Opportunity Commission is responsible for the jurisdiction over the Employment Industries of the United States of America

The head of the Equal Opportunity Commission is Chairman Stuart Ishimaru

The Equal employment Opportunity commission operates with roughly 2,200 employees and an annual budget of $344 million

What is an Independent Government Agency?

An independent agency of the United States Federal Government is a department or organization that exists outside of the federal executive departments or those headed by a Cabinet secretary. In a more specific sense, the term Independent Government Agency, is used to describe agencies that, while constitutionally operating within the executive branch, are free from presidential authority or control, as a result of the President’s limited membership within the agency.

Independent government agencies are established through separate statutes passed by the United States Congress; each respective statutory grant of authority will define the goals or mission that the agency must work towards, in addition to the substantive areas, if applicable, over which the Independent Agency may have the power of rulemaking. These agency regulations, when enforced, maintain the power of federal law.

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