When discrimination prohibited by federal law occurs in a state with a similar law and an enforcement agency, charges generally may not be filed with the EEOC until 60 days after beginning proceedings under that state law.
How Does Filing Charges with an FEPA affect EEOC Filing Deadlines?
Usually, EEOC charges must be filed within 180 days of the discriminatory act. If charges are first filed with an FEPA, EEOC charges may be filed within 300 days of the discriminatory act or within 30 days after an FEPA gives notice it has terminated its proceedings.
Does My State’s Employment Discrimination Law Apply to My Federal Case?
Most states have employment discrimination laws prohibiting the same kinds of discrimination as federal anti-discrimination laws:
- National Origin
- Race or Color
Do I Need a Lawyer for My Employment Discrimination Case?
Federal and state procedures may be complicated and can differ depending on the kind of discrimination and where it takes place. If you believe you have experienced unlawful discrimination, you should consult an employment attorney to ensure your charges are filed with the proper authorities at the right time.