The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - the EEOC - is the federal agency charged with investigating and remedying employment discrimination and civil rights abuses in the fifty states and territories. Where it can, meaning, where the states actually have civil rights laws themselves, the EEOC also "cross-files" with local state anti-discrimination agencies. Such is the case in New Jersey, for example, where we have a Division on Civil Rights (DCR). When you file with the DCR, they cross-file with the EEOC in New Jersey and when you file with the EEOC, they cross-file with the DCR in New Jersey. One of the problems we've always had in our field is that of "witness tampering" by employers.