What does it mean when EEOC gives you a right to sue?
If you have faced discrimination in the workplace and your employer has done nothing to remedy the situation, you have the option of filing a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This is a statement you sign that alleges that your employer has engaged in discrimination. This allows the EEOC to take action.
The EEOC will try to use tactics such as mediation and investigation to try to resolve the complaint. If the case cannot be resolved, the EEOC cannot find any evidence of wrongdoing or the employer refuses to cooperate, then the EEOC will send you a Notice of Right to Sue. You can also request this notice after 180 days from the day you file your charge.
What does an EEOC right to sue letter mean? It means that you have the right to sue your employer for the charges. Once you receive a right to sue letter, you have 90 days to file a lawsuit. After that time, you may not be allowed to pursue your case.
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