How long do discrimination victims have to file a charge?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2021 | Employment law

If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace and want to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), it is vital to go over the ins and outs of the process and move forward carefully. For example, make sure you review the steps you need to take to file a charge and understand that there are time limits in place.

Some victims of discrimination do not realize that they can only file a charge with the EEOC for a limited period of time. These time limits are strict and prevent some victims from securing justice for mistreatment they suffered through.

Discrimination charges and EEOC time limits

According to the EEOC’s website, victims of discrimination typically must file a charge no more than 180 days after the day they experienced discrimination. In some instances, the time limit extends to 300 days if anti-discrimination laws are in place at the state or local level that specifically relate to the type of discrimination a victim experienced.

Filing charges over multiple instances of discrimination

If you experienced discrimination on multiple occasions, it is important to recognize that the EEOC’s time limits pertain to each event. For example, if your employer demoted you because of your racial background or gender more than a year ago, and your employer terminated your position recently, the EEOC will not investigate the demotion if you did not file a charge in time. However, if you experienced repeated harassment over the course of months or years, the EEOC will investigate past instances of harassment as long as the most recent occurrence is within the time limitations.