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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

131 M Street NE., Washington, DC 20507


TTY, 202-663-4444

The Commission

The Commission
CHAIR Janet L. Dhillon
Vice Chair Keith E. Sonderling

COMMISSIONERS Charlotte A. Burrows
Andrea R. Lucas
Jocelyn F. Samuels
EXECUTIVE OFFICER Bernadette B. Wilson

Data Chris Haffer
Financial Grace Zhao
Human Capital Kevin L. Richardson
Information Bryan Burnett
Operating (vacancy)

Communications and Legislative Affairs (vacancy)
Equal Opportunity Stan Pietrusiak, Jr.
Federal Operations Carlton M. Hadden
Field Programs Martin S. Ebel
Legal Counsel Andrew Maunz

General Counsel Sharon F. Gustafson
Inspector General Milton A. Mayo, Jr.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was created by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e-4) and became operational July 2, 1965. Laws enforced by EEOC include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq.), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. 621 et seq.), sections of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 791 et seq.) and Civil Rights Act of 1991 (105 Stat. 1071), the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (29 U.S.C. 206), Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.), and Title II of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (42 U.S.C. 2000ff et seq.).

The EEOC is a bipartisan commission comprising five members whom the President appoints with the advice and consent of the Senate to staggered 5-year terms. The President designates a Chair and Vice Chair. In addition to the Commission members, the President appoints a General Counsel, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to support the Commission and provide direction, coordination, and supervision of the EEOC's litigation program. The General Counsel serves for a term of 4 years.

The EEOC included an organizational chart in its "Fiscal Year 2019 Agency Financial Report" in the section "Management's Discussion and Analysis."


Codified statutory material on civil rights has been assigned to chapter 21 of 42 USC. The chapter runs from section 1981 through 2000h-6.

"Subchapter VI—Equal Employment Opportunities" runs from section 2000e through 2000e–17.

Codified regulatory material that is associated with the EEOC has been assigned to chapter xiv of 29 CFR. The chapter on the EEOC runs from part 1600 through 1899. Title 29 contains rules and regulations that address labor-related issues.


Complaints Against the Federal Government

The EEOC establishes the procedures for Federal employees and job applicants to file complaints of employment discrimination or retaliation. The agency charged with discrimination is responsible for informal counseling and, if a complaint is filed and accepted, for investigating the claims raised therein. At the conclusion of the investigation, complainants may request a hearing before an EEOC administrative judge or that the agency issue a final decision on the matter. The agency's final decision or final action after a hearing may be appealed to the Commission.

In addition, the Office of Federal Operations provides oversight of and technical assistance for equal employment opportunity (EEO) complaint adjudication and Governmentwide maintenance of affirmative employment programs. Using the guidance and principles contained in the EEOC's EEO Management Directive 715, the Commission monitors and evaluates Federal agencies' affirmative employment programs under Title VII and section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act and ensures that all Federal employees compete on a fair and level playing field.


The EEOC enforces its statutory, regulatory, policy, and program responsibilities through its headquarters-based Office of General Counsel, Office of Field Programs, and its 53 field offices. The field offices receive charges of discrimination from the public and use a variety of resolution methods, including voluntary mediation and full-scale investigation and conciliation. The field staff is responsible for achieving a wide range of objectives that focus on the quality, timeliness, and appropriateness of individual, class, and systemic charges; for securing relief for victims of discrimination in accordance with Commission policies; for counseling individuals about their rights under the laws enforced by the EEOC; and for conducting outreach and technical assistance programs. The EEOC's Office of General Counsel litigates in U.S. District Courts and Courts of Appeal.

Other Activities

The Commission promotes voluntary compliance with EEO statutes through a variety of educational and technical assistance activities. Its outreach and education programs provide general information on the EEOC, its mission, rights and responsibilities under the statutes enforced by the Commission, and the charge/complaint process. EEOC representatives are available, on a limited basis and at no cost, to make presentations and participate in meetings, conferences, and seminars with employee and employer groups, professional associations, students, nonprofit entities, community organizations, and other members of the general public.

The Commission offers additional training tailored to employers for a fee. The EEOC Training Institute makes this more in-depth training available to private employers and State, local, and Federal government personnel. The EEOC Training Institute helps educate managers and employees on the laws enforced by the EEOC and how to prevent and eliminate discrimination in the workplace.

The Commission publishes data on the employment status of minorities and women through six employment surveys covering private employers, apprenticeship programs, labor unions, State and local governments, elementary and secondary schools, and colleges and universities. This collection of data is shared with selected Federal agencies and is made available, in appropriate form, for public use.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that EEOC records have been assigned to record group 403.

Career Opportunities

The Commission hires in various job categories: attorneys, information intake representatives, investigators, mediators, office automation assistants, paralegals, program analysts, and social scientists. EEOC employment opportunities are posted on USAJobs—the Federal Government's official source for job listings and employment opportunity information. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources. Phone, 202-663-4306.

Contact Information

The "Contact EEOC" web page has email addresses, phone numbers, and links to relevant EEOC resources.

District Offices

The EEOC operates 15 district offices. An office list and jurisdictional map are available online. A search tool allows EEOC Web site visitors to locate field offices by using Zip Codes.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the EEOC recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Contact the requester service center for FOIA-related questions. Phone, 877-869-1802.


EEOC Internships offer high school, college, and graduate and law students the opportunity to gain experience working on projects or cases involving issues of Federal antidiscrimination law. Interns work closely with experienced attorneys and specialists on assignments. Work assignments include legal research and writing, research and analysis of public policy developments, correspondence with Commission stakeholders, and assistance with charge intake and investigations.

Media Inquiries

Representatives of the media should contact the Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC 20507. Phone, 202-663-4191. TTY, 202-663-4494. | Email:

Open Government

The EEOC supports the Open Government initiative by implementing principles of collaboration, participation, and transparency.


The EEOC's most popular publications may be downloaded in Portable Document Format (PDF) for easy reproduction. Publications that are unavailable online may be obtained by phone or fax. Phone, 800-669-3362. TTY, 800-800-3302. Fax, 513-489-8692.

Reading Room

Contact the EEOC Library, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC 20507. Phone, 202-663-4630.

Reports and Surveys

The EEOC collects workforce data from employers with more than 100 employees. Employers who meet the reporting thresholds are required to provide the information. The data are used for enforcement, research, and self-assessment by employers. Data remain confidential; however, the public can access them in aggregate form.

Training Institute

For information on training programs and registration, contact the EEOC Training Institute. Phone, (703) 291-0880 or (866) 446-0940. | Email:


An agency representative may be available to present an overview of the laws that the EEOC enforces and EEOC charge processing procedures—including mediation—at a conference or seminar. Contact an outreach program coordinator for more information. Phone, 800-669-4000.


The EEOC posts data, reports, and statistics online.

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