The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to settle jurisdictional issues that arise when overlapping discrimination claims are filed. Generally, this occurs when the discrimination charge reported to the OFCCP involves violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that is, charges of employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin or retaliation, which are the province of the EEOC.

When this happens under the new MOU, the OFCCP will conduct the investigation on behalf of the EEOC while simultaneously sharing all filings and fact-finding and resolutions with the commission.

Henceforth, the Compliance Coordinating Committees of both agencies will meet at least biannually to discuss cooperation and resolves issues. The controlling MOU was last updated in 1999.

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