What Is the EEOC? - Definition & Concept


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Why is knowing about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) important?

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1. Which is the minimum number of employees that an employer must employ to be subject to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforcement?

2. Which of the following is NOT a role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Launched in 1965 as part of the Civil Rights Act, the EEOC enforces laws that prevent employers from discriminating against employees. This quiz and the accompanying lesson help you understand the EEOC's authority, its role in enforcement and details of the laws the agency upholds.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • EEOC's workforce criteria for age discrimination cases
  • The agency's different roles in preventing workplace discrimination
  • Worksites that fall under the authority of the EEOC
  • The EEOC's dual approach to workplace discrimination
  • The scope of EEOC authority

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows you to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the EEOC's role with employers and the agency's responsibility to workers
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the regulatory authority of the EEOC
  • Critical thinking - use your understanding of the limits of EEOC authority to examine equal employment opportunities in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, What is the EEOC? - Definition and Concept. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the regulatory scope of the EEOC
  • Describe the agency's enforcement measures
  • Explain the remedy available to workers who disagree with the outcome of an EEOC investigation
  • Describe the EEOC's efforts to prevent workplace discrimination