The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission



Six Winners Cover a Range of Industries and Professions

WASHINGTON - Cari M. Dominguez, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), today presented the agency's first-ever "Freedom to Compete Award" to six organizations for initiatives that promote fair and open competition in the workplace.

"Today, we honor companies, associations and people whose extraordinary efforts embody a key tenet of the Commission's goals: to ensure that all individuals have the freedom to compete and advance in the workplace on a level playing field," Chair Dominguez said at a morning ceremony at EEOC headquarters in downtown Washington. "Ultimately, the Freedom to Compete Awards are about setting examples, and teaching. The best way to further the equal employment opportunity mission is to learn from one another."

The six award recipients cover a range of industries and professions including high-tech, manufacturing, insurance, retail/distribution, law, and public service:

The awards are part of Chair Dominguez' Freedom to Compete Initiative, a national outreach, education and coalition-building campaign launched in 2002 to provide free and unfettered access to employment opportunities for all individuals. The central theme of the initiative is that every individual deserves the opportunity to compete and advance as far as his/her talent and ability allows without regard to discriminatory barriers based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age or disability. As part of the Freedom to Compete campaign, the EEOC has been forging strategic alliances and partnerships with a cross-section of stakeholders to influence positive change in the workplace.

The EEOC is the federal government agency responsible for enforcing the nation's anti-discrimination laws in the workplace. Further information the EEOC and on the Freedom to Compete Award is available online at

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