MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: For EEOC FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE David Grinberg October 18, 2005 (202) 663-4921 For Howard University School of Law Homer C. La Rue Professor of Law (202) 806-8259
Event will Feature Tribute to the Late Charles T. Duncan, EEOC's First General Counsel, and Former Dean of Howard University School of Law
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Howard University School of Law are sponsoring an event entitled, "The EEOC at 40: Celebrating the Past . . . Preparing for the Future," to be held Wednesday, October 19, at 4:30 p.m., Howard University School of Law, Moot Court Room (Houston Hall), 2900 Van Ness Street, N.W. Speakers will include EEOC Chair Cari M. Dominguez; Kurt L. Schmoke, Dean of Howard University School of Law; and, as a special guest, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who chaired the Commission from 1977-1981.
The event, organized by the agency's Washington Field Office, will mark the EEOC's accomplishments over the past 40 years and look ahead to future challenges in eradicating employment discrimination. Featured at the event will be a tribute to the late Charles T. Duncan, the EEOC's first General Counsel and former Dean of Howard University School of Law.
EEOC opened its doors on July 2, 1965, through enactment of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII of the Act prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment or pregnancy) or national origin and protects employees who complain about such offenses from retaliation.
In addition to enforcing Title VII, the EEOC enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which protects workers age 40 and older from discrimination based on age; the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits gender-based wage discrimination; 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 state and local governments; and sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Further information about the Commission is available on the agency's web site at www.eeoc.gov.
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