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Equal Employment Opportunity Act
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, is a United States federal agency tasked with ending employment discrimination in the United States. Signed into law by President John F. Kennedy by Executive Order 10925, it can bring suit on behalf of alleged victims of discrimination against private employers. It also serves as an adjudicatory for claims of discrimination brought against federal agencies.
The EEOC's mandate is specified under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
The Chair of the Commission is Naomi C. Earp, who was designated by President George W. Bush on August 29, 2006. Earp had previously served as Vice Chair of the commission since April 2003. Her five-year term as Chair is set to expire on July 1, 2010.
On March 27, 2006, President Bush announced his nomination of Ronald S. Cooper for the position of General Counsel.