Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a federal agency which investigates discrimination and retaliation based on the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
States have district EEOC officers, so does New York. Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered. The EEOC has authority to file a lawsuit on behalf of hurt individual(s).
However, a person may bring a lawsuit on his/her own as well when she/he receives a right to sue letter from the EEOC.
The work and guidelines performed by the EEOC are truly amazing as it enforces the federal laws and help our country to be more just.
One of the main current benefits that are provided by the EEOC is the free professional mediation session during which the parties are trying to resolve the dispute.
While the EEOC staff is most helpful and tries to help everyone who is asking for assistance, they cannot act as attorneys for the charging parties at all the times. Taking into consideration the complexity of the Federal law and local courts’ decisions, it is advisable that an individual seeks professional help whenever he/she is filing a charge with the EEOC.
One can learn more about the EEOC and its work here.