The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency responsible for enforcing the federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination.
Unlawful employment discrimination includes discrimination and harassment based on race, gender, religion, age, and disability as well as sexual harassment and retaliation.
The EEOC receives close to 100,000 discrimination complaints from workers across the country each year. Retaliation, race discrimination, sex discrimination and sexual harassment are the most common complaints that are filed with the EEOC.
In 2012, the EEOC filed 122 lawsuits against employers and it successfully obtained over $365 million in monetary awards for victims of workplace discrimination.
For more information about filing a complaint with the EEOC, click here.
Of course, it's best for people to try to avoid hostile workplaces altogether. This is why it's so important for people to rate their bosses so that job seekers can research potential employers on sites like eBossWatch before accepting a job offer.