What is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is an Independent federal law enforcement agency that is responsible for enforcing laws to prevent workplace discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will discourage unfair treatment in the workplace by investigating discrimination complaints that may arise based on an individual’s race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, perceived intelligence, age, religion, disability and any acts of retaliation for reporting and/or opposing discriminatory practices.
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What is an Independent Government Agency?
An independent agency of the United States Federal Government is a department or organization that exists outside of the federal executive departments or those headed by a Cabinet secretary. In a more specific sense, the term Independent Government Agency, is used to describe agencies that, while constitutionally operating within the executive branch, are free from presidential authority or control, as a result of the President’s limited membership within the agency.
Independent government agencies are established through separate statutes passed by the United States Congress; each respective statutory grant of authority will define the goals or mission that the agency must work towards, in addition to the substantive areas, if applicable, over which the Independent Agency may have the power of rulemaking. These agency regulations, when enforced, maintain the power of federal law.