Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is one of the most important governing bodies when it comes to employment law. Learn about EEOC filing requirements, deadlines, and the role the agency could play in your case.

Three Things You Can Do Right Now

  • Make sure to file before your time limit runs out. Depending on where you live, you either have 180 or 300 days. Government agencies have even shorter deadlines.
  • The EEOC can help you file a charge. It is free and you need not have a lawyer. You should file a charge before your deadline passes, even if you are not sure that you want to sue.
  • Don’t rely exclusively on the EEOC. The agency can be slow and often denies claims. That doesn’t mean that the agency never helps, sometimes it does. And you should cooperate fully with your investigator. Just don’t rely exclusively on it for help. Continue to look for a lawyer.