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Welcome to the EEOC's Virtual Newsroom, which offers a wide range of information and materials on the Commission's history, functions, procedures, programs, actions and staff, on the statutes we enforce, and on related research, data and statistics. We encourage everyone to browse and search through our continually updated Press Kit, which provides extensive background and context for virtually any question.

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EEOC DEVELOPS SMALL BUSINESS FACT SHEET FOR ITS INTERNET WEB SITE

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that its Internet home page now includes a small business information fact sheet highlighting select issues of particular interest to small businesses. The new fact sheet can be found by clicking on "Facts About Employment Discrimination" under the EEOC's home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.eeoc.gov

"The small business addition to EEOC's home page addresses the shared concerns

October 16, 1997

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INTERNAL EEOC WORKING GROUP MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGES IN THE FEDERAL SECTOR COMPLAINT PROCESS

WASHINGTON -- Based on the recommendations of an internal Working Group of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency is preparing to go forward with suggested ways to improve and streamline the federal sector EEO complaint processes. The recommendations, which represent the beginning of a mechanism for change, will make the EEO process more effective in addressing discrimination in the federal sector.

The Working Group was established by EEOC Chairman Gilbert

October 2, 1997

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EEOC CHAIRMAN ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION

WASHINGTON -- In a letter to the White House today, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas informed President Clinton that he would resign from the agency effective at the end of this year. Chairman Casellas will be leaving the Administration after more than four years of service, the first as General Counsel of the Air Force and the last three as EEOC Chairman.

"I am proud to turn over an agency that

October 1, 1997

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STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN GILBERT F. CASELLAS ON THE DEATH OF FORMER EEOC CHAIRMAN EVAN J. KEMP, JR.

The EEOC family was saddened to learn today of the death of Evan J. Kemp, Jr. I have been honored to carry on some of the important work that he initiated during his six-year tenure -- the last three as Chairman -- at the Commission. His legacy is sure to include his leading role in the development and passage of what has been called the most important civil rights legislation since the Civil Rights Act

August 13, 1997

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EEOC RELEASES POLICY STATEMENT ON MANDATORY BINDING ARBITRATION

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued the Policy Statement on Mandatory Binding Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Disputes as a Condition of Employment, supporting its position that agreements that mandate binding arbitration of discrimination claims as a condition of employment are contrary to the fundamental principles of employment discrimination laws. The Commission previously announced its policy on this matter by a motion passed on April 26, 1995.

The

July 10, 1997

Press release

COMMISSION ISSUES GUIDANCE ON HOW TO COUNT EMPLOYEES FOR JURISDICTIONAL PURPOSES

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued Enforcement Guidance on how to determine when an employer has a sufficient number of employees to be covered under the laws enforced by the agency. The guidance is issued in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission & Walters v. Metropolitan Educational Enterprises, Inc.

The guidance analyzes the Supreme Court's ruling and its impact on the EEOC

May 5, 1997

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EEOC ISSUES GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF WAIVERS

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued policy guidance clarifying that the right of an individual to file a charge of employment discrimination with the Commission cannot be waived. The guidance also states that an individual's right to testify, assist, or participate in a Commission proceeding cannot be waived.

The policy guidance explains that such waivers are contrary to EEOC's obligation to represent the public interest in the

April 11, 1997

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EEOC RELEASES POLICY GUIDANCE CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF THE ADA TO PERSONS WITH PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today the release of a policy guidance that answers various questions concerning the application of the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to persons with psychiatric disabilities. The enforcement guidance is entitled The Americans with Disabilities Act and Psychiatric Disabilities.

In releasing the document, EEOC Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas said, "The guidance answers the most commonly asked questions

March 26, 1997

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EEOC ISSUES NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING ON WAIVERS OF RIGHTS AND CLAIMS UNDER AGE BIAS LAW

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announces that a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding waivers of rights and claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), as amended, will appear in today's Federal Register.

Under section 7(f) of the ADEA, which was added by the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990, an individual may not waive any ADEA right or claim unless the

March 10, 1997

Press release

EEOC COMMISSION MEETING TO ADDRESS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED TASK FORCES

WASHINGTON -- The next meeting of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will be Tuesday, March 11, 1997 at 2 p.m. in the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Conference Room (9th floor), 1801 L Street, N.W.

The public is urged to attend the open session of the meeting in which the following matters are scheduled for consideration:

  • Announcement of Notation Votes
  • Commissioners' Presentations of Recently Announced Task Forces on:

    Assessing Priority Charge Handling

March 7, 1997

Press release

EEOC LAUNCHES INTERNET WEB SITE

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it is launching a home page on the Internet to provide the public with greater access to an array of agency information materials and resources. The new home page can now be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.eeoc.gov/. With the click of a mouse, EEOC's home page will also allow browsers quick entry into other federal agency

February 25, 1997

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EEOC ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF NEW TASK FORCES

WASHINGTON -- U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas announced today the formation of three new Commissioner-led task forces. One of the task forces will survey innovative approaches used in the private sector to address workplace discrimination issues; the two other task forces will assess recent changes in the Commission's enforcement and litigation strategies.

At the request of Chairman Casellas, Commissioner Reginald E. Jones will chair the task force

February 13, 1997

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NEW EEOC POLICY GUIDANCE EXPLAINS THAT APPLICATIONS FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS DO NOT BAR CLAIMS UNDER THE ADA

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today advised that representations made in connection with an application for disability benefits should not be an automatic bar to a claim under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Commission clarified its position by issuing Enforcement Guidance on the Effect of Representations Made in Applications for Disability Benefits on the Determination of Whether a Person Is a "Qualified Individual with

February 12, 1997

Press release

NEWS AVAILABILITY

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Topics Include `Glass Ceiling' Issue, Announcement of EEOC Lawsuit

SEATTLE -- Paul M. Igasaki, Vice Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will preside over a roundtable discussion on the "glass ceiling" Tuesday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the North Auditorium of the Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Avenue. Immediately following the session, he will be available to discuss with reporters this and other priority

January 15, 1997

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EEOC OBTAINS $5.5 MILLION IN AN ADA CASE AGAINST COMPLETE AUTO TRANSIT

DETROIT -- A Detroit Federal Court Jury awarded an unprecedented $5.5 million in damages in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—the largest amount awarded to date in an ADA case. The lawsuit claimed that Complete Auto Transit discriminated against Thomas Lewis because of his disability (epilepsy).

EEOC filed suit after Mr. Lewis was unable to secure a yard work position with

January 6, 1997

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STATEMENT BY EEOC CHAIRMAN GILBERT CASELLAS ON PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH TEXACO

The proposed settlement agreement filed today by EEOC and Texaco, Inc. resolves the Commission's concerns that the public interest is fully addressed and that mechanisms are in place to ensure Texaco's future compliance with Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. We are pleased with Texaco's efforts in this regard and are hopeful that its agreement with private plaintiffs will soon be approved by the court.

The agreement precludes oral arguments scheduled for today

January 3, 1997

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ROBERT JOHNSON NAMED REGIONAL ATTORNEY AT EEOC'S ST. LOUIS DISTRICT OFFICE

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas has announced the appointment of Robert G. Johnson to the position of Regional Attorney for the agency's St. Louis District Office.

As Regional Attorney, Mr. Johnson will be responsible for overseeing and directing all EEOC litigation for the St. Louis District Office, and managing a staff of trial attorneys and legal personnel. Mr. Johnson served as Acting Regional Attorney in the

December 6, 1996

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JOSEPH MITCHELL NAMED REGIONAL ATTORNEY AT EEOC'S DENVER DISTRICT OFFICE

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas has announced the appointment of Joseph H. Mitchell to the position of Regional Attorney for the agency's Denver District Office.

As Regional Attorney, Mr. Mitchell will be responsible for overseeing and directing all EEOC litigation for the Denver District Office, and managing a staff of trial attorneys and legal personnel. Mr. Mitchell served as a staff attorney in EEOC's Chicago

December 6, 1996

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EEOC AND MARTIN MARIETTA (LOCKHEED MARTIN) SETTLE MAJOR CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

DENVER -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Martin Marietta Corporation, now Lockheed Martin, have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel today gave preliminary approval to the settlement which provides $13 million in backpay and 450 jobs to laid-off employees who were affected by age discrimination.

At a press conference here to announce the

November 21, 1996

Press release

MEDIA ADVISORY

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, November 21 at 2:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Gilbert F. Casellas, Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will hold a press conference in Denver to announce the details of the settlement of a significant class action age discrimination lawsuit. The suit was filed against a major employer in the Denver area. It alleges that the employer targeted employees age 40 and over for a series of

November 20, 1996