Employee Issue:

Filing a Discrimination Charge with the EEOC

Who can file a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?

Any job applicant or employee who suspects they have experienced job discrimination can file a claim with the EEOC. Additionally, a person, agency or organization can file a claim on behalf of an individual who wishes to keep their identity confidential.

How can a worker or job applicant file a workplace discrimination charge?

Workplace discrimination charges can be filed via mail or at your local EEOC office. Workers who need additional help, such as a sign language interpreter, should tell the EEOC as soon as possible. Federal workers or those who applied for a federal job should read more about the complaint process for federal employees.

What information is necessary to file a workplace discrimination charge?

The EEOC will need the following information: name, address and phone number of the complainant; contact information for the company or agency that allegedly discriminated against their workers; the number of employees at the company or agency; a short description of the alleged workplace discrimination; and the date of the alleged discrimination.

Do workers and job applicants have a time limit to file a discrimination charge with the EEOC?

Before filing an employment discrimination lawsuit, the worker or job applicant must first file a charge with the EEOC. This does not pertain to employees filing charges under the Equal Pay Act. However, because these cases also typically involve Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it is advisable to file a charge under both laws. A discrimination charge must be filed with the EEOC within 180 days of the alleged violation. If the employee or job applicant is protected by local or state anti-discrimination laws, they have 300 days to file a complaint.

If you are filing a complaint with the EEOC, a workplace discrimination attorney can help ensure your rights are protected. If you have experienced workplace discrimination, fill out our free case review form. We can determine whether your EEOC charge also qualifies you for a private lawsuit.