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PRESS RELEASE
8-15-06

EEOC OPENS MOBILE, ALABAMA, OFFICE

Office to Serve South Alabama, Southern Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle

MOBILE, ALABAMA – Cari M. Dominguez, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), today officially opened the EEOC’s Mobile, Ala., Local Office at 63 South Royal Street, Suite 504, in the Riverview Office Plaza.

The new office – in a region that has seen service needs soar largely because of shifting populations and increasing diversity -- is part of the agency’s broader effort to reposition its field structure to enhance its enforcement presence, improve customer service and public access, and increase efficiency.

The Mobile office is responsible for receiving charge filings of discrimination, conducting investigations, and providing outreach, education and technical assistance to local employers and the public. The office is part of the EEOC’s Birmingham District. The office, which is open for business from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, can be reached by phone at 251-690-2590, by fax at 251-690-2581, and by TTY at 251-690-2579 – but first-time callers should contact the agency at a toll-free number, 1-800-669-4000. The office’s jurisdiction includes South Alabama, Southern Mississippi and the Florida panhandle.

“The people of the dynamic, evolving region in and around Mobile will be well served by the expanded presence of the EEOC,” Chair Dominguez said at this morning’s ribbon cutting. “We look forward to working closely with the local employer, labor, legal and civil rights communities to proactively prevent employment discrimination on one hand, and provide vigorous law enforcement on the other.”

In addition to the Mobile office, the EEOC opened another local office in Las Vegas last week, increasing the number of EEOC field offices to 53 nationwide.

The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at www.eeoc.gov.