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· Check if the incident you are about to file a complaint for will still be accepted by the EEOC. There is only a limited period of time where the EEOC will process you complaint. For employees of private firms, you have 180 days to come up with a complaint and file it to the agency. For federal employees on the other hand, you only have 45 days since the last day of the discrimination or harassment took place. However, there are a few exceptions where the EEOC offers a 300-day complaint filing timeframe.
· Get as much pieces of evidence that you can have to prove the harassment or discrimination. Any document such as notarized written witness accounts, any correspondence with your employer, written records of alleged discrimination, and employment or personnel files that can support your case would do.
· File the complaint the way you want it. You can call any local EEOC field office to ask if you can file the complaint and ask if they do take walk-ins. You can also mail your complaint to the EEOC office near you. Finally, you can also call them up on their toll-free hotline, 1-800-669-4000 to begin the process of filing over the phone. Wait for the EEOC’s return call within 10 days after you have formally filed your complaint.
· Settle the dispute through the EEOC’s mediation process if it is requested. An impartial mediator will listen to you and your employer’s sides before they come up with a decision.
· Be patient and wait for the EEOC’s decision. They’d try to attempt a settlement with your employer, but if there’s no success in that, you will then receive a Notice of Right to Sue. Only then you can press charges against your employer with the help of a Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyer.
Filing your complaint is easy; you just have to arm yourself with the right information to make sure that you are doing things right. Hopefully, this simple guide will help you with your employment discrimination woes.