Since its creation in 1965, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been charged with eliminating workplace discrimination. The EEOC receives and investigates employee discrimination complaints ranging from simple single-employee termination disputes to complex, multi-facility allegations of systemic discrimination. Not surprisingly, few employers have avoided at least some contact with this agency.

Like most government agencies, however, the EEOC faces significant obstacles. Its budget is rigorously scrutinized each year. Staffing is down and the backlog of individual discrimination charges is up. Concerned members of Congress have petitioned key House appropriators for funding increases to boost the organization’s frontline staffing.

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