In a typical week, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) fields more than 10,500 emails and phone calls from people who are deciding whether their problem at work is actually employment discrimination. The agency receives about 1,500 new charges of discrimination weekly and resolves an additional 2,000, said EEOC Commissioner Charlotte A Burrows. But for five weeks during the government shutdown, those phone calls and emails went unanswered. The agency’s attorneys requested continuances from federal courts for litigation, and…