If you have experienced racial discrimination at work or when applying for a job, you deserve compensation under Missouri and federal law. But getting justice in this way requires you to follow a specific, multi-step process.
One such step is filing a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that investigates workplace discrimination claims and enforces laws like the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
You can file a claim in one of two ways: online or in person at your local EEOC office. There is an office in the Kansas City area where you can make an appointment, or you can begin the process through the EEOC website. In your initial interview with an EEOC staff member, you will discuss your case and whether filing a charge is the best way to proceed. If you file, you can do so at the office, which will investigate. Or you can file by mail if you prefer.
Getting ready for the EEOC
The stronger the case you present in your charges, the more likely it will be that the EEOC will side with you. An employment law attorney can help you gather evidence and prepare for your interview so that you present the strongest possible case that a current, former or prospective employer discriminated against you because of your race. They will also make sure you have taken the required steps, such as filing a complaint with your company’s HR department, before approaching the EEOC.
Time is limited
Time is another factor to consider. In general, you have 180 days from the date the discrimination occurred to file a charge. But that extends to 300 days if a state or local agency is enforcing a state or local law based on the same facts. Your attorney will advise you of how much time you have to file and when to proceed.