It’s not uncommon for federal employees in Texas and beyond to hear about the EEOC, but the effect it can have on an employee’s career is profound. The EEOC stands for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and it’s a Federal agency that’s been in operation since 1965. It’s job is to help enforce anti-discrimination laws pertaining to race, sex, national origin, disability, age, and more.

How does this affect you? If you’re discriminated against at work, your first action is likely to be to complain through your agency’s internal complaint process.   However, through this process, victims of discrimination, and those who support them, can be subject to retaliation.  In the eyes of the law, job discrimination and retaliation are both wrong, and both can be addressed by filing a formal legal complaint.