The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EEOC Coordination of Federal Government Equal Employment Opportunity in the Workplace

Federal laws concerning workplace discrimination are enforced by different Federal agencies. Unless the government speaks with one voice on matters of employment nondiscrimination, workers may be confused as to what rights they have and how to protect them and employers may be uncertain of their obligations and how to voluntarily comply with their legal duties.

The EEOC is responsible for coordinating the Federal government's employment non-discrimination effort. The EEOC is required to review regulations and other EEO policy-related documents before they are issued to ensure consistency in the Federal government's effort to combat workplace discrimination.

EEOC Chair, Cari M. Dominguez, on the importance of coordination:

"Coordinating efforts across federal agencies is key to reaching the shared goal of ensuring a bias-free workplace. It is essential that the Federal government present a clear and uniform message that will prevent employment discrimination and promote greater compliance with federal EEO mandates."

Under Executive Order 12067, EEOC has responsibility for enforcing all Federal EEO laws and the duty to coordinate and lead the Federal government's effort to eradicate workplace discrimination.

How EEOC Leads and Coordinates
Implementing Executive Order 12067 and other EEOC actions

Memoranda of Understanding
Coordinating EEO Enforcement where EEOC and other Federal Agencies have overlapping EEO responsibilities

How Other Agencies Address Civil Rights Issues

This page was last modified on October 11, 2002.

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