Still Good To Know: Filing A Charge of Discrimination With The EEOC

Tuesday, April 04, 2023

You know, the older I get, the more I hear about people, and by people I mean us, who are still getting kind of screwed by the system, and while sometimes it's just good to get out, sometimes maybe you have to fight it. While you should always consult a lawyer, or at least a good spiritualist, get some knowledge if you need it, or pass it on down to those that do.

From the Bad Ass MF's down at the EEOC

If you believe that you have been discriminated against at work because of your race, color, religion,  sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national  origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information, you can file a Charge of Discrimination. A charge of discrimination is a signed statement  asserting that an employer, union or labor organization engaged in employment  discrimination. It requests EEOC to take remedial action.

All of the laws enforced  by EEOC, except for the Equal Pay Act, require you to file a Charge of  Discrimination with us before you can file a job discrimination lawsuit against your employer. In addition, an individual, organization, or agency may  file a charge on behalf of another person in order to protect the aggrieved  person's identity. There are time limits for filing a charge. The laws enforced by the EEOC require the agency to notify the employer that a  charge has been filed against it.

A Charge of  Discrimination can be completed through our EEOC Public Portal after you submit an online inquiry and we interview you. Filing a formal charge of employment  discrimination is a serious matter. In the EEOC's experience, having the opportunity to discuss your concerns with an EEOC staff member in an interview is the best way to assess how to address your concerns about employment  discrimination and determine whether filing a charge of discrimination is the appropriate path for you. In any event, the final decision to file a charge is your own.

If you have 60 days or  fewer in which to file a timely charge, the EEOC Public Portal will provide special directions for quickly providing necessary information to the EEOC and how to file your charge quickly. Or, go to Find Your Nearest Office and enter your zip code for the contact information of the EEOC office closest to you.

The laws enforced by the  EEOC require the agency to accept charges alleging employment discrimination.  If the laws do not apply to your claims, if the charge was not filed within the  law's time limits, or if the EEOC decides to limit its investigation, the EEOC will dismiss the charge without any further investigation and notify you of your legal rights.