The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) established the national criteria for equality education and complaint investigation by delegating offices throughout the United States. Categorized by district, region, and field, each office supports the purpose of the EEOC by accepting and investigating complaints while offering equality education to employers.
Meanwhile, the EEOC Wexford area files complaints in the EEOC Pittsburgh area office, which falls under the overarching jurisdiction of the EEOC Philadelphia district office.
If you face employment discrimination in your workplace, reach out to a lawyer because a lawyer knows your legal options.
Filing An EEOC Wexford Complaint
The nearest office to the EEOC Wexford area to file a complaint in person is the EEOC Pittsburgh office. Of course, since staff is limited, call the office ahead of your visit to check availability. After all, the office sometimes cannot handle everyone in one business day.
The Pittsburgh office welcomes walk-ins throughout the week from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. However, the office is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, so you may be able to talk to someone during those hours as well.
Due to the limited ability of the EEOC offices to follow through on every investigation, speaking with a lawyer about your situation may be the best option to you. Since a lawyer can not only file with the EEOC and PHRA but also pursue further legal action against your employer.
Deadlines on Filing A Complaint
An act of employment discrimination shocks and freezes most victims; however, in this type of situation, time is of the essence. Since the government created a time limit for filing, an employee who experiences employment discrimination must figure out the legal options available quickly. After all, to miss the deadline for filing could ruin any chance of justice.
Moreover, contacting a lawyer at this stage ensures that a human being and not just paperwork is advocating on behalf of your case. Most often, discrimination complaints culminate in a legal battle. Therefore, having a lawyer on your case from day one prepares your case for any outcome.
Requirements for Filing an EEOC Wexford Complaint
Recent evidence in the event of discrimination cases helps the EEOC during an investigation. So on a national level, a discrimination complaint must be filed within 180 days of the discriminatory act. Of course, many states choose to lengthen that time, and Pennsylvania is one of them.
Pennsylvania State Law Time Extensions
Pennsylvania increases complaint filing time for age discrimination to 300 days of the alleged incident.
Five Steps For Filing A Complaint
The EEOC created a filing process that anyone can do, but some situations may prove more complicated due to additional circumstances. In these situations, a lawyer helps in filing the complaint and all following outcomes because a lawyer ensures that all relevant information is included. Although you may choose to file on your own, consider consulting a lawyer to check your legal options.
1. Call the EEOC office and explain your situation to see if you are covered by the EEOC.
2. Check the time period since the alleged discriminatory event to be sure that it is within the EEOC timeline for filing a complaint.
3. Arrive to the office with two or more hours available for visiting the office since the office might be busy.
4. Speak honestly and openly during the interview portion of the filing because this will be added to the complaint.
5. Additionally, the following information is required.
- 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 The Initial Complaint?
Within a couple of weeks of filing your complaint, you will receive notice of the EEOC’s decision on your situation. Although every complaint is different, prepare yourself for multiple outcomes, including pursuing legal action with the help of a lawyer. If you have already filed and are waiting to hear back, chat with a lawyer to check on the other legal options available to you.
If you have experienced employment discrimination, contact an EEOC Wexford employment lawyer because a lawyer evaluates your situation and offers you legal options.
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