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Welcome to the EEOC's Virtual Newsroom, which offers a wide range of information and materials on the Commission's history, functions, procedures, programs, actions and staff, on the statutes we enforce, and on related research, data and statistics. We encourage everyone to browse and search through our continually updated Press Kit, which provides extensive background and context for virtually any question.

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EEOC SETTLES NATIONAL ORIGIN LAWSUIT FOR $1.25 MILLION ON BEHALF OF VIETNAMESE AMERICAN FISHING CREW MEMBERS

   

SEATTLE -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today settled a lawsuit alleging that American Seafoods Company, a Seattle-based operation and a dominant force in the U.S. fishing industry, subjected 18 Vietnamese American at-sea workers to discriminatory conditions because of their national origin.  Under terms of the settlement, the workers will be awarded $1,250,000 for the discrimination they suffered.

   

The class action lawsuit, the first of its kind

September 22, 1999

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EEOC TO OFFER COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING ON NEW RULES GOVERNING WORKPLACE BIAS COMPLAINTS IN THE FEDERAL SECTOR

   

WASHINGTON  - Ida L. Castro, Chairwoman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), today announced a dynamic national training program on revised regulations designed to streamline the discrimination complaint system for federal employees. The program is part of EEOC's broader efforts to improve the federal sector EEO process by making it more efficient, expedient, and fairer for employees and agencies alike.

   

"This comprehensive training presents an invaluable opportunity for those

September 22, 1999

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EEOC CREATES NATIONAL CASH-BALANCE PENSION TEAM

   

WASHINGTON - In a move to intensify and upgrade analysis of possible age bias ramifications of increasingly popular employer conversions to cash-balance pension plans, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chairwoman Ida L. Castro today announced the creation of a national EEOC team of experts to focus on the legality of the plans to older workers.

   

"Whether or not cash-balance pension plans discriminate against employees covered by the Age Discrimination in

September 20, 1999

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EEOC CHAIRWOMAN MEETS WITH CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO DISCUSS LEGALITY OF CASH-BALANCE PENSION PLAN CONVERSIONS

                                     

WASHINGTON -- Ida L. Castro, Chairwoman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), met today with a delegation of Congress led by Representative Bernard Sanders of Vermont to discuss concerns that employer conversions to cash-balance pensions plans may violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA).

"EEOC will continue to assess the difficult

September 14, 1999

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EEOC AND FORD SIGN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

                                     

CHICAGO  -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reached a major settlement with the Ford Motor Company providing nearly $8 million in damages to be paid to female employees alleged to have been victimized by sexual harassment, racial harassment, harassment on the basis of sex, and retaliation for complaining to management about

September 7, 1999

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EEOC SETTLES MAJOR AGE BIAS LAWSUIT FOR $7.1 MILLION WITH THOMSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS AND LOCAL UNIONS

   

INDIANAPOLIS  --  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced a $7.1 million settlement of a class action lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) against Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc. and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Union Local Nos. 1424 and 1048 (IBEW).  The settlement will benefit hundreds of older Thomson employees whose jobs were moved to Mexico when the company

August 17, 1999

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EEOC SETTLES FIRST MALE-ON-MALE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLASS ACTION

         

*** VOLUNTARY SETTLEMENT TOTALS $1.9 MILLION ***

   

MINNEAPOLIS -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Long Prairie Packing Company, Inc. (LPP) announced today that they have reached a voluntary $1.9 million settlement that resolves all claims in an EEOC lawsuit filed on behalf of a class of current and former LPP male employees who were alleged to have been subjected to a

August 11, 1999

Press release

EEOC CHAIRWOMAN ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE EFFORTS TO IMPROVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EEO PROCESS

   

WASHINGTON  Ida L. Castro, Chairwoman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), today announced her initiative to transform EEOC's federal sector program as part of her Comprehensive Enforcement Program (CEP) to improve overall agency operations.

   

The Chairwoman's CEP for the federal sector will provide a strategic approach to federal sector reform by linking improved data analyses, prevention activities aimed at the root causes of discrimination

August 10, 1999

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JOHNSON AND HIGGINS TO PAY $28 MILLION IN SETTLEMENT OF AGE DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

Largest EEOC Monetary  Settlement for Age Discrimination in New York State

   

New York -- In a consent judgment obtained by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC),  Johnson and Higgins, Inc. agreed to pay $28 million to conclude a lawsuit which alleged that it violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) through its policy of forcing employees who were members of its board of directors to retire at

July 29, 1999

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EEOC CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY OF LANDMARK DISABILITIES ACT

   

WASHINGTON  -- Ida L. Castro, Chairwoman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), today reiterated the agency's commitment to vigorously enforcing the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The Commission is observing the ninth anniversary of the groundbreaking civil rights law.

   

"Since passage of the ADA by Congress in 1990, the Commission has worked diligently to educate employers about their obligations

July 27, 1999

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EEOC ISSUES REGULATIONS STREAMLINING THE EEO COMPLAINT PROCESS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

WASHINGTON -- As part of a broader effort to improve the effectiveness of its operations, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today changes to its regulations governing the procedures for federal employee discrimination complaints.  The changes, published today in the Federal Register, apply to federal employees and applicants for employment in the federal government as well as to the agencies that employ and hire them.

"Finalizing the changes to the federal

July 12, 1999

Press release

EEOC REVAMPS INTERNET WEB SITE

***  New Home Page More User-Friendly ***

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has redesigned its home page on the World Wide Web to make information more accessible to the public in a user-friendly format.  The action is part of EEOC's continuing effort to enhance outreach and education in order to better meet the needs of those it serves.

"Bringing informative and educational information to

July 9, 1999

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STATEMENT BY EEOC CHAIRWOMAN IDA L. CASTRO ON EEOC vs. THE BOEING COMPANY

   

WASHINGTON  The case filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against The Boeing Company in Seattle yesterday enforces the rights of four individuals to pursue their jobs and careers without being victimized by employer decisions based on stereotypes, myths, and fears about people with disabilities.    

EEOC's lawsuit, which was filed only after efforts to settle the matter first were unsuccessful, deals with the exclusion of these

July 8, 1999

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EEOC FILES AGE DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST WOOLWORTH STORES

                                   

NEW YORK CITY -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today filed a class action age discrimination lawsuit against the national retail chain of F.W. Woolworth stores alleging that it laid off approximately 300 older workers on the basis of their age during a two-year period.    

EEOC filed its suit in the

July 2, 1999

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EEOC CHAIRWOMAN COMMENTS ON ADA RULINGS BY SUPREME COURT DURING SPEECH TO PLAINTIFFS BAR IN NEW ORLEANS

WASHINGTON Ida L. Castro, Chairwoman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), said today that Supreme Court decisions this term on employment-related issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provide the Commission with favorable law, as well as significant challenges.

Her remarks to the 10th Annual Convention of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) in New Orleans followed this term's landmark ADA decisions by the Supreme Court

July 1, 1999

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EEOC ADDRESSES DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LOW-WAGE EARNERS AT HISTORIC PUBLIC MEETING IN HOUSTON

WASHINGTON -- In its second public forum outside the nation's capital this year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held its monthly meeting in Houston on Tuesday, June 22, to hear testimony from expert witnesses on discrimination as it affects low-wage workers -- particularly immigrants, minorities, and women.

The day-long meeting, held at Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law, attracted an outpouring of approximately 300 people, including community and business

June 24, 1999

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EEOC ISSUES COMPREHENSIVE POLICY GUIDANCE ON EMPLOYER LIABILITY FOR HARASSMENT BY SUPERVISORS

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a comprehensive policy guidance explaining the circumstances under which employers can be held liable for unlawful harassment by supervisors. The guidance, which analyzes the recent Supreme Court decisions in Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth and Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, addresses the steps employers should take to prevent and correct harassment. It also explains the nature of employees' obligations to

June 21, 1999

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EEOC TO FOCUS ON DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LOW-WAGE WORKERS AT COMMISSION MEETING IN HOUSTON

WASHINGTON - As part of its continuing effort to reach out to agency stakeholders at the grassroots level, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a meeting in Houston next week to examine the barriers to equal employment opportunity for low-wage earners. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 22, at 10:00 a.m. in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Moot Court Room, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne Avenue.

"Wage

June 17, 1999

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EEOC CHAIRWOMAN CASTRO TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT TOURO COLLEGE SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES

WASHINGTON - Ida L. Castro, the first Latina to Chair the U.S. Equal Employment

Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will deliver the commencement address to the 1999 graduating

class of Touro College School of General Studies (SGS) on Sunday afternoon, June 6, at 2:00 p.m.,

at the Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street, New York City.

"I am honored to speak at the Touro College SGS commencement ceremony and look forward to addressing a unique

June 4, 1999