Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Many states have an equal employment opportunity commission equivalent that enforces state employment discrimination laws and related regulations. State equivalents also investigate and resolve employment discrimination charges filed under state laws, and under certain Federal laws as well.
The state equal employment opportunity commission equivalent is where you'd file a charge of discrimination under a state employment discrimination law.
However, as previously mentioned, if you file a charge under a Federal discrimination law with the EEOC and a state law comes into play, then the EEOC will likely dual-file your charge with the state equivalent.
State employment discrimination laws are generally referred to as fair employment practices laws or FEP laws.
It follows that state equal employment opportunity commission equivalents are generally referred to as fair employment practices agencies or FEPAs. But the individual offices typically go by other names, as you'll see below.
Many state equal employment opportunity commission equivalents, such as what are generally referred to as civil rights offices or human rights commissions, also enforce laws that prohibit discrimination in other aspects of life besides employment. Typical examples are laws that prohibit discrimination in housing and public disability accommodations.
Each link below leads to a state equal employment opportunity commission equivalent.* Some provide information about state and Federal employment discrimination laws, and instructions for filing charges under the laws. Others provide only limited information, such as contact information to inquire about same.
To find a municipal equal employment opportunity commission equivalent to inquire about local discrimination laws and charges, start by contacting the relevant state equivalent below.
State and municipal cases are often easier to win and might award more. If you're not sure to which to turn among the Federal, state and municipal equivalents for the best results, an attorney will advise you. Attorneys often take discrimination cases on a contingency basis.
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