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EEOC Doesn’t Need Individual Charge to Launch Probe

EEOC Doesn’t Need Individual Charge to Launch Probe

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently published a new webpage reminding us of its authority under certain circumstances to launch a discrimination investigation even without receiving a charge from an employee or other private party.


Indeed, Congress expressly authorizes the commission (meaning its five-member governing authority) to issue a “commissioner charge” when it believes an employer is engaging in discriminatory employment practices in violation of three of the laws it enforces: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employment provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

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