Question: What is my deadline for filing an employment discrimination complaint?
In general, you must file a formal complaint within 180 days from the day that you were subjected to discrimination or retaliation.
The formal complaint is also known as a charge of discrimination. It must be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It must be filed before you can file a employment discrimination lawsuit in court.
In some limited situations your filing deadline may be extended to 300 calendar days if the discrimination you have suffered is also covered by a state or local law.
If you are working for the federal government or applying for a federal job, your deadline is much shorter. In such cases, you must contact your agency's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) counselor within 45 days.
Discrimination cases have strict deadlines. As a result, you should always speak with an employment discrimination law firm as soon as you suffer discrimination in the workplace.
Contact a Georgia employment discrimination lawyer for a free consultation.
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