File a Claim with EEOC

Before you file

The information below is useful to know when filing a complaint with EEOC:

  • The EEOC accepts filing in person at any one of the EEOC's 53 field offices or by mail
  • In general, you need to file a charge within 180 calendar days from the day the discrimination took place
  • The name of the company where you work(ed)

What can I expect?

  • Step 1

    Head to an EEOC office or to the link below.

  • Step 2

    At the time your charge is filed, we will give you a copy of your charge with your charge number.

  • Step 3

    Within 10 days, we will also send a notice of the charge to the employer. Note: In some cases, we will ask both you and the employer to take part in our mediation program

  • Step 4

    You can check on the status of your charge anytime by visting our Online Charge Status System

  • Step 5

    If we determine the law may have been violated, we will try to reach a voluntary settlement with the employer. If we cannot reach a settlement, your case will be referred to our legal staff (or the Department of Justice in certain cases), who will decide whether the agency should file a lawsuit. If we decide not to file a lawsuit, we will give you a Notice-of-Right-to-Sue

We're here to help

  • All services are free and confidential, whether you are documented or not. Information obtained from individuals who contact EEOC will not be revealed to the employer until the individual files a charge of discrimination.
  • Please remember that your employer cannot terminate you or in any other manner discriminate against you for filing a complaint with EEOC.

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