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The chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is resigning at the end of the year.

In his resignation letter Wednesday to President Clinton, Gilbert F. Casellas said he was proud to turn over an agency that "is resolving more cases, in shorter periods, for higher monetary benefits, with the smallest staff in 20 years."

Casellas, 45, joined the Clinton administration four years ago as a general counsel of the Air Force. He became agency chairman a year later.

Casellas did not explain why he was resigning and has not said what he plans to do once he leaves, agency spokesman Michael Widomski said.

The agency enforces laws that prohibit employers from discriminating against workers based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age and disability.

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