Maryland Employment Attorneys | Silver Spring EEOC Lawyers
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The employment law attorneys at Zipin, Amster & Greenberg have helped numerous clients pursue their discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or the equivalent state or local agency.
The EEOC is an independent federal agency which receives, initiates, and investigates charges of discrimination against employers with a statutory minimum number of employees (usually 15 or more employees). The Commission enforces statutes and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws that prohibit employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, retaliation, age and disability.
The EEOC Investigation
It is the responsibility of the EEOC to fairly and accurately investigate charges of discrimination based on all the evidence obtained with the claim.
Upon review of the evidence for the claim, the EEOC determines whether there is reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred. Many EEOC disputes may be resolved voluntarily through mediation or settlement. You will be notified by the EEOC whether your charge is eligible for mediation.
As part of the EEOC investigation, you and your employer will be asked to provide information to determine whether discrimination has taken place and whether any laws have been violated. This information can include a statement of position, requests for office policies, interviews with witnesses, and additional information relevant to your claim.
If the EEOC does not dismiss your charge, then it found that there is some basis for proceeding with the investigation. At this juncture, prompt and timely cooperation with the investigation is imperative.
The Role Of The EEOC Investigator
Your EEOC investigator is responsible for answering most of your questions about the process, keeping you informed, conducting a thorough and timely investigation, allowing you to respond to allegations, and informing you of the outcome of the investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, your EEOC investigator makes a determination regarding the merits of the charge.
The EEOC Determination and Your Options
If the EEOC determines that there is no reason to believe that discrimination occurred, you and your employer will receive a letter called the Dismissal and Notice of Rights stating that you have the right to file a law suit on your own behalf in federal court within 90 days of receiving of the letter. You employer will also receive a copy of this letter.
The EEOC may determine there is reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred. If this is the case, it will issue a Letter of Determination stating that the interested parties may join the agency to try to resolve the charge through an informal process called conciliation. You will receive a Notice of Right to Sue if the EEOC chooses not to litigate the claim on your behalf. At this point, you may file suit in a federal court within 90 days.
Contact our Maryland Employment Law Attorneys
If you filed charges with the EEOC and have received a letter stating that discrimination has occurred, or if you feel that your employer unlawfully discriminated against you, you may benefit from a consultation with an attorney at Zipin, Amster & Greenberg.