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"I came forward because my employer went through a series of people who were not fitting the company's image, and everyone who the company was letting go seemed to be over 40. I saw the pattern. You need to speak up and come forward, if you're being mistreated."

Coletta Robertson,
EEOC v. DSW Inc.


"I stood up for my rights. I am glad I was able to show there are many ways to be screened for a job. Everyone has a right to a reasonable accommodation so they can have the opportunity to work."

Lorenzo Cook,
EEOC v. Kmart


"Observance of my faith should not have prevented me from getting a job. I am glad that I stood up for my rights and happy that the EEOC was there for me."

Samantha Elauf,
EEOC v. Abercrombie


"I could hardly bring myself to go to work in the morning because I hated working with that manager so much.

Now that it's all over, I am proud that we stood up for ourselves, and I'm glad EEOC was able to help get things like the training and the survey as part of the settlement. All I ever wanted was to change how people were being treated."

Laudente Montoya,
EEOC v. Dart Energy


"Today is not about me or about monetary compensation. Today is a win for everyone who has Multiple Sclerosis. MS changed my life forever, and I hope that this case changes the lives of others in the workforce with MS - for the positive."

Randall Hurst,
EEOC v. Benny Boyd Lubbock


"I am the Executive Director of a community development center because I believe that we ought to be a people who build and a people who fight at the same time. We build because we have much to contribute to the social fiber which makes our communities and our nation strong."

Chanchanit Martorell,
Thai CDC Executive Director EEOC v. Trans Bay Steel, Inc.


"The most important things are freedom, righteousness, and family. I would like to thank this country and all of the people that helped us regain our pride and lives. You have given us a new life, a gift which is invaluable to us."

Sathaporn Pornsrisirisak,
EEOC v. Trans Bay Steel, Inc.


In this, our 50th anniversary year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is launching a "Faces of EEOC" series to highlight the real-life stories of individuals on whose behalf EEOC has worked to end discrimination in the workplace.

The individuals we will feature in the course of this series may have experienced discrimination based on their race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), age, national origin, religion, disability, or family medical history. Or they may have been retaliated against for trying to prevent discrimination at their company. Or they may have been standing up for a colleague or a group of individuals who couldn't stand up for themselves.

Regardless, EEOC is there to help, and while we often report on our work in numbers, behind those numbers are real people whose stories illustrate the damage wrought by discrimination and the desire we all share to be treated equally.

The Faces below represent a small sampling of the tens of thousands of lives EEOC improves each year. We will add to the series regularly. So come back to often. Learn more about our Faces and our work to ensure equal employment opportunity for all.