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Equal employment opportunity is the law. Mandated by Congress as Title VII-Equal Employment Opportunity of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law is designed to achieve equality of employment opportunities and to remove barriers that have operated in the past to favor some groups of employees over others.

To accomplish these goals, Title VII established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as its administering agency.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 expands the coverage defined by Title VII and provides the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with

powers to enforce fair employment practice policies.

On the following pages are the texts of: the Equal Opportunity Act of 1972; the rules and regulations pertaining to the administration of that law; and the executive orders which apply the principles set forth in Title VII to federal employees and government contractors and subcontractors.

If you have questions about the law, we invite you to submit them in writing to:

Office of the General Counsel
Equal Employment Opportu-
tunity Commission
Washington, D. C. 20506


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 into law, H.R. 1746, the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972.

By strengthening and expanding the Government's powers against discrimination in employ

ment, this legislation is an important step toward true equality on the job front. Where promises have sometimes failed, we may now expect results.

This bill is the result of hard work and constructive debate in

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