The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has launched a new online system for filing and tracking claims of workplace discrimination, effective November 1, 2017.
Generally, someone who believes he or she has been discriminated against must file an EEOC charge before they can file an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in federal court.
The EEOC’s “Public Portal” allows users to provide and update contact information, upload documents to his or her charge file, agree to mediate the charge, check on the status of his or her charge, and receive documents and messages related to the charge from the agency.
The online features also work for charges that are currently in investigation or mediation, as long as they were filed after January 1, 2016.
Individuals who do not have internet access may call 1.800.669.4000 to get information about how to submit an inquiry to their local EEOC office. Depending on which state you live in, you may have to file a charge of discrimination within 180 or 300 days of the discriminatory act.