The mission of the EEOC is to stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination. The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. The agency has the authority to investigate charges that allege discrimination in various aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits. Using outreach, education, and technical assistance programs, the EEOC works to prevent discrimination before it occurs. For more information, see an overview of the Commission or EEOC statistics and data related to employment; enforcement and litigation; special reports; and census data.
At the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), we protect workers, promote diversity and enforce the law. OFCCP holds those who do business with the federal government—contractors and subcontractors—responsible for complying with the legal requirement to take affirmative action and not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. In addition, contractors and subcontractors are prohibited from discharging or otherwise discriminating against applicants or employees who inquire about, discuss or disclose their compensation or that of others, subject to certain limitations. For more information, see the OFCCP Worker Fact Sheet or FAQs.
The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin. For more information, see Cases and Matters, Publications and the FOIA Library containing records that have been subject to multiple FOIA requests.