I am pleased to welcome members of the media for the announcement of a very important settlement. For those of you who donít know, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, is a federal civil rights agency that enforces laws against discrimination in the workplace.
As the Los Angeles District Director, I oversee the investigation of charges of discrimination filed by the public in our district which includes southern Nevada. If we find evidence of discrimination or harassment, our attorneys may file a lawsuit on behalf of victims as is the case here.
The EEOC has a great desire to reach out to various communities which may be experiencing employment discrimination due to oneís race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability and genetic information.
Our agency has been monitoring the number of age discrimination cases streaming in, particularly given the economic downturn, and we are here to ensure that workers over the age of 40 are protected from illegal discrimination. You will hear later from actual victims of widespread age discrimination occurring at Republic Services, Inc.
However, let me first introduce you to the local director of our Las Vegas Local Office, Lucy Orta, who oversees the investigations arising out of the Las Vegas area and southern Nevada as a whole, to give you some insight about this region in particular.