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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The first step to preserving your rights under several state and federal laws, including discrimination claims based upon race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and age, is to comply with the administrative procedures of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is a federal administrative agency that investigates certain types of legal complaints.  Depending on the type of claim you have, you may be forced to file a charge with the EEOC before you are permitted to file suit in court.  There are strict deadlines on when a charge must be filed, so it is important that you consult with an attorney as soon as you learn that you may have a legal case.  

The EEOC has 180 days to investigate your charge.  After that time frame passes, one of three options may be available to you: 

   (1) The EEOC may find that probable cause exists to believe you suffered discrimination at work; 

   (2) The EEOC may hold that there is no probable cause to suggest discrimination occurred; or

   (3) The EEOC may not have come to a conclusion within that 180 day period, and you can request your right to sue notice.

Regardless of what conclusions are made by the EEOC, if you decide to subsequently file a lawsuit in court, you again must comply with strict deadlines.  If you do not file suit within that deadline, it is very likely that your claim will be completely barred.  

It is important that you consult with a knowledgeable attorney about these requirements so that you comply with these legal provisions. The law firm of O'Hara, Taylor, Sloan & Cassidy deals with the EEOC on a regular basis.  Our experienced attorneys will guide you through this process and advise you of your options, whether that be maintaining your case before the administrative agency or filing a lawsuit in court.  Call or e-mail us to arrange your appointment today.  

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