Two agencies that have long advocated for underserved workers will be among those honored Wednesday at an event to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and Friends of Farmworkers will be named "Champions of Equal Opportunity" at the National Constitution Center.

Cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Federal Executive Board, the event will include a panel discussion on equal employment.

Current EEOC chairman Jacqueline A. Berrien and former chairman William Brown 3d will also talk about the EEOC's past, present and future in a separate panel moderated by regional commissioner Victoria Lipnic.

Other "champions" being honored are the Delaware Department of Labor, Office of Anti-Discrimination; the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights; the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, and West Virginia Human Rights Commission as well as former chairman Brown, Common Pleas Court Judge Ida Chen, and Homer Floyd, executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission.

Contact staff writer Jane M. Von Bergen at 215-854-2769 or jvonbergen@phillynews.

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