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EEO Rules

All references are to Code of Federal Regulations Part 47.

EEO Rules for Broadcasting
C.F.R. Section 73.2080

Annual Employment Report Rule for Broadcasters
(Filing requirement for Form 395-B is currently suspended)

C.F.R. Section 73.3612

EEO Rules for Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs)
C.F.R. Section 76.71
C.F.R. Section 76.73
C.F.R. Section 76.75
C.F.R. Section 76.77
C.F.R. Section 76.79
C.F.R. Section 76.1702

Annual Employment Report for MVPDs
(Filing requirement for Form 395-A is currently suspended)

C.F.R. Section 76.1802

EEO Filing Search

  • To download comments and other documents electronically in MM Docket No. 98-204 and MM Docket No. 96-16, see ECFS.  You may view the comments by entering the docket number in the proceeding field.
  • To search the database for information about EEO filings by broadcast stations, use the FCC's Consolidated Database System for EEO Filings.

EEO Complaints

Anyone with knowledge of any violation of the FCC's EEO rules committed by a licensee of a broadcast station or an MVPD unit may notify the FCC EEO staff of the alleged violation at any time.  Complainants should keep in mind, however, that anyone filing such a complaint should include as much specific information and supporting evidence as possible in order for the EEO staff to investigate properly.  Also, because of limits imposed on the Commission by statutes of limitations on violations, it is best to file such a complaint as soon as possible after a violation occurs.  Anyone interested in filing a charge alleging that a broadcaster or MVPD has discriminated unlawfully may file with the EEO staff but, in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the FCC and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC is the lead federal agency on determining discrimination.  If a charge is filed with the FCC, we will act as a receiving agency but will forward the charge to the EEOC for evaluation.  In accordance with the MOU, the FCC will take cognizance of any final finding of discrimination determined by the EEOC or other competent body such as a state agency or court.  The deadline for filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC is 180 days from the date of the discrimination.  Any questions about how this deadline is determined or if there are any exceptions should contact the EEOC.

Anyone wishing to file a complaint should write to:  Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, Policy Division, EEO Branch, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.  20554.

To receive more information about complaint procedures or the cable EEO provisions in general, please contact the EEO Branch at (202) 418-1450.


For more information pertaining to the Policy Division, please call:  (202) 418-1450.

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