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In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, the EEOC maintains public reading areas at its headquarters library and in each of its District Offices that are available to the public by appointment. The public reading areas contain the information listed below. This same information is available at the Commission's Field, Area and Local offices, but these offices are not required to have designated reading areas for the public unless space permits.

The EEOC's District, Field, Area and Local offices maintain the following materials for public inspection:

  1. Blank EEOC forms relating to the Commission's procedures as they affect the public;
  2. EEOC's annual reports to Congress;
  3. EEOC's Compliance Manual and Index;
  4. Federal Register notices published by the Commission; and
  5. EEOC Orders (agency directives), Supplements, and Notices.

Requests for the following types of records must be submitted to the District Director or designee at the District Office address:

  1. information about current or former employees of a field office;
  2. existing non-confidential statistical data related to the case processing of a field office;
  3. agreements between the Commission and State or local Fair employment agencies operating within the jurisdiction of a field office; or
  4. materials in field office investigative files related to charges under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq.); the Equal Pay Act (29 U.S.C. 206(d)); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. 621 et seq.); or, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.); or Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (42 U.S.C. 2000ff et seq.).

Requests for any other records or for records whose location is unknown to the requester, must be submitted in writing to the Assistant Legal Counsel FOIA Programs, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 131 M Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20507. Additional information, including instructions on how to file a FOIA request, is available in EEOC's Freedom of Information Act Reference Guide.

SECTION 83, DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION IN CHARGE FILES


Special Disclosure Rules

The special disclosure rules discussed in § 1610.17(d) of 29 C.F.R.  are contained in Section 83 of the Commission's Compliance Manual.  Section 83 is another means for aggrieved parties, charging parties respondents, and their attorneys to access their own charge files after the Commission has completed its proceedings on a charge. Aggrieved and charging parties and their attorneys can request access by submitting a signed written request during the 90-day Notice of Right to Sue period or when a lawsuit is pending. Respondents and their attorneys can request access by submitting a signed written request after an aggrieved charging party has filed suit.

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