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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

(EEOC), U.S. agency created in 1964 to end discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in employment and to promote programs to make equal employment opportunity a reality. It has since become responsible for ending discrimination based on age or disability. The commission receives charges of discrimination, investigates, and if they appear true, attempts to remedy them through conciliation. If conciliation is not secured, the commission may bring suit in federal court. During the Reagan and Bush administrations (1981–93) it was criticized for shifting from blanket to individual complaints, for permitting no retroactive application of the Civil Rights Law of 1991, and for letting thousands of age discrimination cases lapse. In 1996 it began the mediation-based alternative dispute resolution program to help it resolve charges faster. The commision handles 75,000 to 80,000 charges annually.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

U.S. government agency appointed to promote the cause of equal opportunity for all U.S. citizens. [Am. Hist.: Payton, 224]
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For common activities, however, the EEOC has created relatively precise standards.
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The EEOC has no plans for layoffs and offices will open in Las Vegas and Mobile, Alabama, two areas where the number of discrimination complaints are skyrocketing.
In 2001 the EEOC (Washington, DC) accused Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (EEOC 2001a) by submitting its employees to genetic testing for carpal-tunnel syndrome without the workers' knowledge, despite the inaccuracy of such a genetic "test.
The EEOC typically reviews a complaint for 180 days before delivering its findings, explained Hayley Gorenberg, Cusick's Lambda representative.
overall workplace discrimination claims reportedly rose by approximately 10% and charges Filed with the EEOC relating to Civil Rights Act violations (Title VII) have almost doubled.
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Segal notes that once the EEOC has been contacted by an applicant who feels discriminated against, the EEOC is responsible to examine evidence, make a determination of `no cause' or `reasonable cause' and either make recommendations, or help secure legal counsel.