The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission prohibits employment discrimination throughout the United States. Pennsylvania offers two EEOC PA offices. The Pittsburgh area office enforces the EEOC regulations throughout several Pennsylvania counties as well as West Virginia. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia district office presides over the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and some counties of Maryland, Ohio, and New Jersey.
What Does The EEOC Do For Me?
The United States falls under the jurisdiction of the EEOC. From there, the EEOC splits into regions and areas. The PA EEOC has two offices within Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. At each of these offices, American workers may file employment discrimination complaints
After the complaints have been filed, each complaint receives investigation. What is the EEOC and what does it do?
EEOC Pittsburgh Jurisdictional area
The Pittsburgh area office of the EEOC has jurisdiction over the state of West Virginia along with the following counties of the state of Pennsylvania.
EEOC Philadelphia District Office Jurisdictional Area
The EEOC has granted the Philadelphia District Office jurisdiction over the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and specific counties of New Jersey, Maryland, and Ohio.
State of New Jersey Counties
- Cape May
State of Maryland Counties
- Anne Arundel
- Baltimore City
- Queen Anne’s
State of Ohio Counties
Filing A Complaint In A PA EEOC Office
When you file a complaint in person, you can show up at any time during office hours. However, if you’re coming a long distance, it may be wise to call ahead to ensure availability for your situation. Walk-ins are welcomed to the Pittsburgh or Philadelphia office, Monday through Friday. Check the website for specific hours.
Each PA EEOC office promises to serve you, advising you on what is the best for your circumstances regardless of whether or not your situation is covered by the EEOC.
However, contact a lawyer who will give you and your situation more personal attention.
When Should I File A Complaint?
Immediately, when you experience employment discrimination, research the options available to you. If the process overwhelms you, consult an employment lawyer who will analyze your situation under the law. An employment lawyer can help you decide whether or not filing a complaint with the EEOC would be productive.
Time limits constrain complaint filing. If you plan to file with the EEOC, keep the deadline in mind. Most complaints must be filed within 180 days of the incident. Of course, state law occasionally lengthens the amount of time you are permitted to file. Therefore, be sure to check the law for how long you have to file.
For companies of a certain size, state law provides more time for filing a complaint.
In Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the state law clarifies that a complaint may be filed within 300 days of the event in cases of discrimination based on race, color, orientation, sex, religion, or disability.
Pennsylvania and West Virginia provide that you file a complaint for age discrimination within 300 days of the alleged incident.
Less than 20 or 15 Employees:
For age discrimination (less than 20 employees) and for other types of employment discrimination (less than 15 employees), Pennsylvania state law offers only 180 days time limit while the West Virginia state law provides a time limit of 365 days.
Four Ways To Prepare For Filing A Complaint
1. Is your situation covered by the EEOC? Research what types of employment discrimination the EEOC provides for.
2. Arrive to the office with two hours of availability for filling out paperwork and processing information.
3. During you employment discrimination interview, share the evidence of your complaint and answer questions with detail and honesty.
4. Come with the correct 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 happens after you file an EEOC complaint depends on whether or not the EEOC picks up your case for investigation.
If you as an employee have experienced employment discrimination, contact an employment lawyer who will know how to navigate your case under the law.
Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC “KM&A” is a law firm serving all of Pennsylvania with our principal offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Call KM&A in western Pennsylvania at 412-626-5626 or in eastern Pennsylvania at 215-618-9185. KM&A can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.