Equal Opportunity Representative/Officer  What They Do

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Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers Career Video



Monitors and evaluates compliance with equal opportunity laws, guidelines, and policies to ensure that employment practices and contracting arrangements give equal opportunity without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Governance pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Investigates employment practices or alleged violations of laws to document and correct discriminatory factors.
  • Prepares reports related to investigations of equal opportunity complaints.
  • Interviews persons involved in equal opportunity complaints to verify case information.
  • Studies equal opportunity complaints to clarify issues.
  • Interprets civil rights laws and equal opportunity regulations for individuals or employers.
  • Meets with persons involved in equal opportunity complaints to arbitrate and settle disputes.
  • Develops guidelines for nondiscriminatory employment practices.
  • Monitors the implementation and impact of guidelines for nondiscriminatory employment practices.
  • Coordinates, monitors, or revises complaint procedures to ensure timely processing and review of complaints.
  • Provides information, technical assistance, or training to supervisors, managers, or employees on topics such as employee supervision, hiring, grievance procedures, or staff development.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Affirmative Action Officer (AA Officer) --
  • Civil Rights Investigator --
  • Civil Rights Representative --
  • Complaint Investigations Officer --
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Officer (EEO Officer) --
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Representative (EEO Representative) --
  • Equal Opportunity Commission Investigator (EOC Investigator) --
  • Equal Opportunity Director --
  • Equal Opportunity Specialist --
  • Field Representative --