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Workplace Discrimination and the EEOC

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Work Place Discrimination is wrong. The United States and the State of Texas governments have provided different means to correct these discriminatory actions. In employment related discrimination there are many options available to provide relief to those harmed. A good option is to reach out to an attorney to explain the overall situation. The attorney can then asses the best manner in which to proceed. From that the attorney may be required to utilize the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to assist in the lawsuit. The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate in the workplace based on the employee's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 and above), disability or genetic information.

The EEOC is a tool that can be used by an attorney, or by the individual discriminated against, to ensure that discrimination or hostility in the work environment does not continue.

In order for the EEOC to assist in a lawsuit against the employer the company, in most instances, would need to have at least 15 employees. For an age discrimination case the company would need 20 employees.

To be able to employ the help of the EEOC in a claim against the discriminating employer, the harmed party must act quickly. The timeliness of a claim generally must be made within 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination. That time can be extended to 300 days if the discrimination is also covered by an individual state's anti-discrimination laws.

Not all alleged discrimination is actionable, but the law does provide some common types where employment discrimination liability can be found under federal and state laws. Due to the complexity and timing issues of employment discrimination lawsuits, it would be beneficial for an injured person to contact an attorney.

If you or someone you know has been discriminated against in the workplace, contact the attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend by calling 713-222-7211 or 1-800-870-9584.

For further information on the EEOC Please see:

http://www.eeoc.gov/

http://www.eeoc.gov/field/houston/timeliness.cfm

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