Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, is the government agency tasked with monitoring employers’ compliance with equal opportunity mandates. It was initially organized in 1965 to enforce the standards set forth in laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and later, the Age Discrimination Act of 1967. These were some of the first laws to define and legislate employment practices in the United States, but prior to the EEOC, few resources existed to facilitate enforcement. It now serves to offer compliance assistance, investigate reports of violations and respond to confirmed violations with citations, fines or legal action.
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