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What is the EEOC?

What is the EEOC?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was created as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to help ensure discrimination did not exist or persist in federally controlled workplaces. Since its establishment, it has since grown and adopted the responsibility of helping ensure fair employment and hiring practices around the country, not necessarily only in federal government positions and companies. Employers and employees alike need to be fully aware of the EEOC and its many regulations and rules in order to prevent and stop unjust violations.

One of the main provisions of the Civil Rights Act is protecting the following classes from discrimination:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Nationality
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Pregnancy
  • Gender
  • Age

If there is a workplace action that discriminates, harasses, or otherwise “singles out” a person for any of the aforementioned classes, the EEOC may be contacted to help create a lawsuit against the employer. The EEOC will not promise any sort of legal representation, however. A person who needs to create a discrimination lawsuit with the EEOC should proceed with the help of a privately-hired attorney.

What Does the EEOC Consider Discrimination?

The EEOC is charged with interpreting and representing the law and all of its various regulations. If the Supreme Court wants to make a change to antidiscrimination laws regarding the workplace, the EEOC will generally interpret their ruling so it is easily understood by employees and employers. For the most part, the EEOC is concerned with discrimination and its many forms.

If any of the decisions are made purely on a protected class, the EEOC may consider it discrimination:

  • Hiring or not hiring
  • Firing
  • Denied promotions
  • Wage cuts
  • Harassment or abuse

Can a Lawyer Help Me?

Creating a complaint with the EEOC is a multistep process that could require further investigations and appeals. If you need to make a complaint, you can and should seek the assistance of DC federal employment lawyer like John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorney at Law. Our law firm has nearly 25 years of experience representing workers who have faced seriously employment law issues, such as those involving EEOC violations. Contact us today to learn about our legal services.

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