Virginia EEOC Lawyer
Virginia employees are protected by several anti-discrimination statutes. When you have a claim under one of these statutes, you may want to work with a Virginia Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawyer who can help you seek a positive resolution.
Virginia EEOC lawyers at the Spiggle Law Firm represents public and private sector employees in EEOC proceedings combat workplace discrimination. Deciding how to handle an instance of discrimination is an important decision. A knowledgeable employment lawyer can help answer questions at any phase of an EEOC claim.
Responsibilities of the EEOC
The EEOC plays a central role in the administration of justice. The primary responsibility of the EEOC is to enforce federal anti-discrimination laws and investigate alleged violations of those laws.
Employees will most likely initiate their federal discrimination claims with the EEOC as opposed to pursuing the matter in court. If a claim is filed with the EEOC, employers who are subject to EEOC laws will be investigated for misconduct. Virginia employers with at least 15 employees are subject to most federal discrimination laws. Employers must have at least 20 employers to be covered by age discriminations laws.
Investigating Discrimination Claims
Once a claim is filed with the EEOC, the matter will be thoroughly investigated. A Virginia EEOC attorney can help identify and gather evidence to build the case. Any written correspondence or other documentation indicating discriminatory conduct will be useful. Testimony from co-workers or other witnesses may also be examined. Based on the evidence that is submitted, the EEOC may or may not issue a finding of discrimination.
Commonality of Appealing a Discrimination Case Decision
Sometimes parties disagree with determinations that are made by the EEOC. In those situations where the EEOC makes a determination that a party disagrees with, there is an opportunity to file an appeal with the EEOC or initiate a lawsuit in federal district court. Whether to file an appeal is a decision that a Virginia EEOC lawyer can help to make.
The EEOC adheres to strict guidelines with regard to filing claims. Claims that are not filed in a timely manner will often be dismissed and therefore may not be investigated by the EEOC. Deadlines can be as early as 180 days following the original discrimination. An attorney can make it less cumbersome to ensure that all deadlines are met.
Suggested Legal Remedies for Discrimination
If the EEOC make a determination that discrimination has occurred, the party who was discriminated against is entitled to a remedy that will right the wrong that was done against them. Remedies available in discrimination cases vary depending on the facts of an individual case. Potential remedies awarded to discrimination victims may include back wages, benefits, job reinstatement, a promotion, and/or attorney’s fees.
While a lawyer is not mandatory in EEOC proceedings, consulting with a lawyer who has gone through the process many times and developed an understanding of discrimination law can be valuable. The Virginia EEOC lawyers at the Spiggle Law Firm have advocated for employees in their EEOC proceedings. Click here for a free online consultation to determine whether we can help you.