The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission prohibits employment discrimination throughout the United States for legally protected classes. Laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act outline certain regulations to protect the employee rights of workers and the EEOC administrates these rules. The Pittsburgh area office enforces the EEOC regulations throughout several Pennsylvania counties as well as West Virginia.
What Does The Pittsburgh EEOC Do For Me?
The EEOC covers the entire United States. Therefore, area offices throughout the nation ensure that the EEOC’s standards are upheld. The EEOC Pittsburgh area office is one such place where employment discrimination complaints may be filed and investigated. What is the EEOC and what does it do?
EEOC Pittsburgh Jurisdictional Area
The EEOC office in Pittsburgh, PA, has jurisdiction over the state of West Virginia along with the following counties of the state of Pennsylvania.
Filing A Complaint In The Pittsburgh Area 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 office from 9:00 to 3:30, Monday through Friday.
The Pittsburgh EEOC office will do their best to advice you on what is the best for your circumstance 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?
As soon as you experience employment discrimination, you should investigate your options. Contact an employment lawyer who will be able to sort out your situation under the scope of the law. He or she will be able to advise you on whether or not to file a complaint with the EEOC.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission values timeliness. Nationally, the EEOC requires that a complaint be filed within 180 days of the alleged incident. However, if the state law has parameters for these cases of employment discrimination, you may have up to twice as long to file 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. For an in-office visit, prepare to be available for up to two hours.
2. When you are interviewed about your employment discrimination situation, be ready to answer questions and the evidence of your complaint.
3. Check ahead to find out if your situation is covered by the EEOC. Be aware that the EEOC has specific time limits for filing complaints.
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.