What are the steps in an EEOC investigation?
In others, the EEOC will proceed directly to investigation. Employers have the opportunity to answer charges in writing. Most EEOC investigations are either avoided by or result in a mediation process.
When to file a charge with the EEOC?
Filing a Charge with the EEOC. The EEOC’s investigations typically begin with an employee filing a charge of discrimination against their workplace. Employees have a limited amount of time to report instances of discrimination — 180 to 300 days, depending on the state.
What is the role of the EEOC in the workplace?
The EEOC has authority to investigate charges of discrimination filed against employers who have a statutory minimum number of employees. The EEOC’s role in an investigation is to fairly and accurately evaluate allegations in light of all the evidence obtained, and attempt to settle the charge if discrimination has occurred.
How does an employer respond to an EEOC complaint?
The employer must send a letter to the EEOC with the name of the legal representative who will handle the situation and respond to requests. Once this letter is received, the EEOC will launch a formal investigation. By acknowledging the charge, the employer does not admit guilt.
The EEOC’s investigative steps include reviewing the employment files for the employee who filed the charge as well as files for employees named as witnesses or parties to the alleged unlawful acts. Some EEOC investigators request to visit the premises so they can review files on their own and interview witnesses.
What every worker should know about the EEOC?
What You Should Know about the EEOC and Ensuring Clear and Accurate Guidance. Outreach and education are critical tools to prevent discrimination, and the EEOC works with hundreds of thousands of employees and employers every year to educate them on their legal rights and responsibilities. As part of this effort, the EEOC is committed to providing guidance and information to our stakeholders that is current, accurate, and clear.
How long do you have to file a complaint with the EEOC?
Generally, an employee or applicant has 180 days to file a complaint with the EEOC. The EEOC is a federal administrative agency that handles discrimination and harassment claims against employers with at least 15 employees.
How to effectively file a charge with the EEOC?
Locate an office in your district. Call the EEOC at 1-800-669-4000. Send your charges by mail to the district office. If you are a federal employee or job applicant, you must directly contact the EEO office of the federal agency that discriminated against you.