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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Washington, D. C. 20506

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INTRODUCTION

Equal employment opportunity powers to enforce fair employis the law. Mandated by Congress ment practice policies. as Title VII—Equal Employment On the following pages are the Opportunity of the Civil Rights texts of: the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964, the law is designed Act of 1972; the rules and regulato achieve equality of employment tions pertaining to the adminisopportunities and to remove bar- tration of that law; and the riers that have operated in the executive orders which apply the past to favor some groups of em principles set forth in Title VII ployees over others.

to federal employees and governTo accomplish these goals, Titlement contractors and subcontracVII established the Equal Em- tors. ployment Opportunity Commis If you have questions about the sion as its administering agency. law, we invite you to submit them

The Equal Employment Oppor- in writing to: tunity Act of 1972 expands the Office of the General Counsel coverage defined by Title VII and Equal Employment Opportuprovides the Equal Employment tunity Commission Opportunity Commission with Washington, D. C. 20506

PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE

Statement by President Richard M. Nixon Upon Signing into Law the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 (P.L. 92–261). March 25, 1972

I am gratified to have signed ment, this legislation is an imporinto law, H.R. 1746, the Equal tant step toward true equality on Employment Opportunity Act of the job front. Where promises 1972.

have sometimes failed, we may By strengthening and expand- now expect results. ing the Government's powers

This bill is the result of hard against discrimination in employ- work and constructive debate in

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