Federal law protects most employees in the United States from discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was created to enforce civil rights laws against workplace discrimination. However, before you begin a workplace discrimination suit, there are a few things you need to do first.
While you do have the right to file a lawsuit, it will help your case to first resolve the issue by communicating with the offender. Talking to him, her, or them directly could be the thing that gets them to stop the offensive behavior. If not, warning them through e-mail or by letter will create a paper trail that will benefit your case.
Before you can also bring a discrimination or harassment suit under federal law, you must file an administrative charge with the EEOC or a similar state agency beforehand. This step is legally required, as it is indicative of “exhausting” your administrative remedies. If you have a discrimination claim, you can file it either with the EEOC or with the Texas Workforce Commission–Civil Rights Division (TWC-CRD). Both agencies have a “work-sharing agreement,” which means both cooperate with each other to process claims.
Make sure you file your claim within 180 days of the date you believe you were discriminated against. Under federal law, you have 300 days to file. Once you do, the EEOC or state agency will notify your employer. Once you receive your right to sue letter from the office you file with, you can begin your lawsuit. If your request to sue is denied, you also have the right to appeal an agency’s final order. However, you must file an appeal no later than 30 days after you receive the order. You will likely need the help of an experienced federal employee lawyer to help build your appeal case.
If you need help with the filing process, contact one of our skilled Houston federal employee attorneys. Our lawyers have more than 20 years of experience helping federal employees with their cases. We prove exceptional legal services to a wide range of diverse individuals who hold federal jobs nationwide. Let our trusted advocates help with your case. Contact us at (888) 898-9902 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation today. We look forward to helping you.