Fair Employment Practices Agency (FEPA)

A state or local equivalent of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (www.practicallaw.com/4-501-5853) (EEOC). FEPAs enforce most of the state or local laws prohibiting employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation within their jurisdictions. For information on state anti-discrimination laws, see State Q&A Guide to Anti-discrimination Laws.

Most FEPAs coordinate the adjudication of charges with the EEOC through work sharing agreements. Under work sharing agreements, generally:

  • If the charge is filed with the EEOC, a copy is provided to the relevant FEPA, but the charge is adjudicated by the EEOC.

  • If the charge is filed with the relevant FEPA, a copy is provided to the EEOC, but the charge is adjudicated by the FEPA.

Examples of FEPAs include:

  • The New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR) (see NYSDHR website).

  • The New York City Commission on Human Rights (see Commission website).

  • The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) (see DFEH website).

For more information about state and local agencies, see EEOC: Fair Employment Practices Agencies (FEPAs) and Dual Filing and Practice Note, Responding to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Charges: Laws Enforced by the EEOC and FEPAs (www.practicallaw.com/9-503-3939).

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