While the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) promotes employment equality through complaint investigation and equality education, the EEOC organizes the nation into a series of areas, regions, and districts. Through this chain of command, the EEOC ensures that its vision of equal employment opportunities for all reaches all areas of the USA.
Since the EEOC Monroeville area falls under the jurisdiction of the EEOC Pittsburgh area office, all complaints may be filed there.
Contact a lawyer if you realize that you’ve experienced employment discrimination in your workplace since a lawyer knows your legal options.
Filing An EEOC Monroeville Complaint
The EEOC Pittsburgh area office covers the needs of the EEOC Monroeville area because you can choose to file a complaint in person or seek out other legal options. When preparing to visit the office, call ahead to check office availability since the office can be overwhelmed sometimes. While the office has limited staff, the office tries to serve everyone as soon as possible.
The EEOC Pittsburgh area office welcomes walk-ins from 9 am to 3:30 pm on week days. However, the office opens and closes an hour before and after those times so you can call ahead.
Meanwhile, consider speaking with a lawyer before filing with the EEOC because a lawyer assesses your situation according to the law and knows your legal options. Moreover, if filing with the EEOC is your best first step, a lawyer can handle those details for you.
Staying Ahead of the Deadline for Filing A Complaint
Although being at the brunt of employment discrimination interrupts your job security and sense of well-being, hiding or ignoring the problem is not the answer. According to the law, discrimination complaints must be filed within a certain number of days of the discriminatory action. Since a complaint becomes the cornerstone of your argument for justice, contacting a lawyer to work on your complaint ensures that no important legal evidence is left out.
Requirements for Filing an EEOC Monroeville Complaint
Filing a complaint in a timely way improves the chances of receiving justice since discrimination allegations are more easily proved when not too far in the past. The national standard for filing a discrimination complaint, set by the EEOC, is 180 days after the discriminatory event. Meanwhile, state governments can choose to add more time.
Pennsylvania State Law Time Extensions
Pennsylvania increases complaint filing time for age discrimination to 300 days of the alleged incident.
Four Steps For Filing A Complaint
Although filing a complaint is a simple process, depending on your situation, you may want to contact a lawyer because a lawyer understands the nuances of the complaint. Furthermore, a lawyer handles the details of filing and provides extra steps to a favorable outcome. Of course, the basic steps to filing a complaint are below.
1. Contact the EEOC office or a legal professional to find out if the EEOC covers a situation with your circumstances.
2. Count the days that have passed since you experienced employment discrimination because your complaint must be filed within the right time limit.
3. Be available for 2-3 hours because sometimes a wait is involved until someone can help you.
4. During the interview, please explain the entire situation and respond to questions with clear and honest answers.
5. Also, you will need the following information.
- your name, address, and telephone number
- the company name, address, and phone number that you are filing a complaint about
- discrimination description
- evidence of discrimination
- witness information
- discrimination events and dates
What’s Next After Filing A Complaint?
After your complaint is filed, you wait until the EEOC has made a decision based on your complaint. Either the EEOC chooses to further investigate your complaint or to release your complaint. While the EEOC cannot pursue every complaint, a lawyer knows what legal options are still available to you if you have evidence of your employment discrimination.
If you have experienced employment discrimination, contact an EEOC Monroeville employment lawyer because a lawyer evaluates your situation and offers you legal options.
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