Processing a Discrimination Claim with the EEOC
A victim of employment discrimination should file his or her claim as soon as possible after the discrimination has occurred. A job applicant or employee who has experienced employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information, can file a “Charge of Discrimination,” with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency enforcing most anti-discrimination laws. A victim of discrimination is required to file a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC before he or she can proceed to file a discrimination lawsuit in court.
Time limits, in general
Generally, a claimant who is not a federal employee or federal job applicant must file 180 calendar days after the discrimination took place. However, this filing deadline is extended to 300 calendar days if a state or local agency enforces a state or local law that prohibits employment discrimination on the same basis.
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