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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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What does the EEOC do?

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EEOC investigates complaints of job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, age (40 or older), or genetic information. If we believe an employer is violating our laws, we take action to stop the discrimination. In some cases, the employer agrees to make certain changes to its workplace. In other cases, we sue the employer in court to fix the problem.

We also work to prevent discrimination before it occurs. We give presentations to employees and employers about the laws we enforce. We also write documents about equal employment opportunity laws and rules to help applicants, employees, and employers understand their rights and responsibilities at work.

We also work with other federal agencies. We answer questions, develop educational material, and conduct training on employment discrimination laws and rules.

Our services are free.