Deadlines for Employment Discrimination Claims through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Other Administrative Agencies:

June 21, 2022 | Written By N’kia

Employment Discrimination Claims

Do you believe you been discriminated against in the workplace? First things first, you will want to figure out how long you have to file a claim with the EEOC and with a State or local administrative agency. 

The EEOC is a federal agency that is authorized to handle claims under federal anti-discrimination law. Similar to the EEOC, some State and local administrative agencies are authorized to handle claims under State and local anti-discrimination law. So, in addition to filing with the EEOC, you often need to file separate claims with multiple State or local administrative agencies to get the full range of protection that might be available to you.

Your deadline to file with the EEOC or with a State or local agency generally depends on the type of discrimination you might have suffered. For many EEOC claims, your deadline will be 180 days from the day you suffered the discrimination. But some deadlines may be longer, and others may be shorter. For State or local agencies, the deadlines vary greatly and do not always align with EEOC deadlines.

Filing a claim with the EEOC or with a State of local agency is oftentimes a mandatory precursor to filing a lawsuit. If you miss your deadline to file a mandatory claim, you waive your right to file a lawsuit. Use it or lose it! Ultimately, it is important to know ALL of your filing deadlines and to make sure you don't miss ANY.

Protect yourself! We have attorneys all over the country who can help and facilitate State-specific situations of discrimination. Contact for more information.

N’kia is Partner with Parlatore Law Group and dedicates her practice primarily to business law concerns, including business formation and development, employment, board licensure, unfair competition, contract formation and disputes, and intellectual property. She also handles a variety of general civil litigation matters, with her special interest being defamation (libel and slander). Her well-rounded legal background makes her well-equipped to meet her clients’ diverse needs. To learn more about N’kia, click here.



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