Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an independent federal agency created to enforce workplace discrimination laws. Under U.S. law, it is illegal for a federal agency to discriminate against a federal employee or an individual applying for a federal job based on the individual’s race, age, gender, color, religious views, nation of origin, disability, state of pregnancy, or genetic information. If you would like to know more about the EEOC, you should speak with a federal employment law attorney today.
Discrimination in the workplace should never be tolerated. The repercussions of discrimination can have a significantly negative impact on an individual’s life and ability to function in the work environment. Victims of discrimination often face the prospect of financial hardship and unnecessary and excessive emotional stress that can affect every aspect of life. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hears cases brought by federal employees against their agencies after the agency has investigated the formal complaint of discrimination.
Once a federal employee requests a hearing before the EEOC, the EEOC assigns an administrative judge to oversee the case. The EEOC’s hearing process very much mirrors the process that occurs in a civil court, but at the end of the process, a hearing is held before an administrative judge instead of having a trial before a jury. The administrative judges take witness testimony and review exhibits and determine liability as well as damages.
Answers to EEOC Regulations and Process
You can rest assured that the attorneys at The Federal Practice Group can answer any questions you may have about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It is very important to know that any actions you take to bring an EEO complaint against your federal agency cannot be used against you. The EEOC’s regulations also protects federal employees from being discriminated against for complaining about discrimination, filing a discrimination claim, or participating in any way in an investigation or lawsuit related to a discrimination claim or EEO complaint. Do not allow fear or nervousness about retaliation or other repercussions stand in the way of taking action. The attorneys at the Federal Practice Group are there to assist you with every step of the process.