Every day, workers across the country are subjected to discrimination. Sometimes, people experience discrimination because of their racial background, religious views, sex or age. Discrimination makes life very hard for many victims and it is imperative for you to take action if you have experienced unlawful discrimination. However, there are time limits in place with respect to filing a charge of discrimination, so it is important to take action promptly. 

Unfortunately, some people remain silent for too long, whether they do not recognize discrimination right away, are unaware of their rights, feel too stressed out or tired to take action or are afraid to speak out. 

How long do victims have to file a charge?

On their site, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that victims have anywhere from 180 days to 300 days to file a charge of discrimination, depending on the laws in the state in which unlawful discrimination occurred. For example, if there is no local or state law prohibiting a certain type of employment discrimination, victims need to file a charge within 180 calendar days, but this is extended to 300 calendar days if the discrimination is prohibited under local or state laws. 

How can victims file a charge of discrimination?

Victims of discrimination who wish to file a charge with the EEOC are able to do so in person, through the mail or online. If you wish to file a charge in person, you can schedule an appointment online or walk in to a nearby office. Victims of discrimination can also file charges by sending a signed letter containing relevant information and many people benefit from filing a charge online through the EEOC’s public portal.