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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

noun, U.S. Government
1.
an independent federal agency created under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, to police a program (Equal Employment Opportunity) to eliminate discrimination in employment based on race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, or mental or physical handicap.
Abbreviation: EEOC.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

An agency established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to investigate racial and sexual discrimination. The National Organization for Women (NOW) was organized in the 1960s when the EEOC failed to act upon the Civil Rights Act's sexual discrimination clause.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

government agency established on July 2, 1965, by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to "ensure equality of opportunity by vigorously enforcing federal legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment"-particularly discrimination on the basis of religion, race, sex, colour, national origin, age, or disability.

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