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PRESS RELEASE
1-11-05

EEOC LAUNCHES SPANISH-LANGUAGE WEB SITE TO ENHANCE CUSTOMER SERVICE

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today unveiled a Spanish-language version of its public web site to enhance its services to the Hispanic community, the nation's largest and fastest growing racial or ethnic group. The new web site, www.eeoc.gov/es/, is part of the EEOC's broader efforts to more effectively reach out to key stakeholder communities to proactively prevent workplace discrimination and promote voluntary compliance.

"This new web site will make key information about employment rights and responsibilities more easily accessible to Spanish speakers and people with limited English proficiency," said Commission Chair Cari M. Dominguez. "Having quick and easy online access to EEOC resources in Spanish will better serve the public as our nation's workplaces become increasingly more diverse."

The Spanish-language web site, which has been in development for the past year, is designed to mirror the EEOC's public web site (www.eeoc.gov) and includes many of the agency's most vital and sought after information materials. The new site will include a steady, ongoing flow of new information, updates and changes that are made on the corresponding public web site including such items as policy changes, training and seminar schedules, and any information related to new agency initiatives and programs.

The new site also fulfills requirements of Executive Order 13166 entitled Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency. The Executive Order requires, among other things, that federal departments and agencies examine delivery of services to people with limited or no English proficiency and determine how to ensure meaningful access to these services. Under the Executive Order, the EEOC previously posted information on its public web site in seven different languages, including Spanish.

The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion or national origin; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which protects workers age 40 and older from discrimination based on age; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits employment discrimination against people with disabilities in the federal sector; Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits employment discrimination against people with disabilities in the private sector and in state and local governments; and sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1991.