Employees who suffer illegal discrimination or harassment in the workplace have the legal right to file a lawsuit against their employer to seek compensation for their losses. However, in most cases, before you can earn the right to file a lawsuit, you must first file a complaint called a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is the federal agency in the United States that enacts and enforces laws protecting employees from unlawful discrimination at work.
The EEOC handles complaints against private employers, state or local government agencies, and even against the federal government. The time limit you have to file a complaint will vary depending on the nature of your employer – for example, federal employees have a much shorter time than workers in the private sector. Time is an important factor in every type of EEOC case, so you always want to contact an experienced St. Louis EEOC claims lawyer for help as soon as possible after discrimination or harassment occurs.