Get All the Facts With Our EEOC Discrimination Guide

Fight Workplace Discrimination Get All the Facts With Our EEOC Discrimination Guide

Defend Your Workplace Rights With EEOC Discrimination Support

Discrimination in the workplace can leave you feeling isolated, neglected, and vulnerable.

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) was set up to give you the support you need. If you are a victim of prejudice, harassment, or discriminatory behavior at work, the EEOC’s job is to defend your rights and uphold the country’s anti-discrimination laws.

DoNotPay has all the info you need to make the most of EEOC discrimination services!

What Does the EEOC Do?

Beginning with the Equal Pay Act (1963) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964), the U.S. has been steadily introducing legislation to guarantee equality for all employees.

While it would be simple to leave the enforcement of these laws in the hands of discrimination lawyers and HR specialists creating company discrimination policies, Congress quickly realized they needed a dedicated body to enforce the law and offer support to employees suffering under discrimination.

Founded on July 2, 1965, the EEOC is mandated to:

  • Investigate claims of discrimination
  • Facilitate mediation between employers and employees
  • Launch lawsuits against offending employers
  • Prevent workplace discrimination through training, networking, and outreach programs

The EEOC oversees:

  1. Private companies
  2. Federal, state, and public employers

Private Companies

Any registered company that employs 15 or more staff is covered by the EEOC’s mandate and must conform to federal anti-discrimination legislation.

Federal, State, and Public Employers

The EEOC ensures that all public bodies comply with the laws governing discrimination and offers advice and support to federal and state agencies.

How Is the EEOC Structured?

The EEOC is based in Washington, D.C., and works through 53 field offices.

Each regional office employs caseworkers and admin staff, whose job is to receive, process, and finalize discrimination cases, as well as organize training, outreach programs, and support activities for the local business community.

What Is the EEOC’s Definition of Discrimination?

The EEOC uses the definitions of discrimination as they are set out in federal law, meaning that it is illegal to discriminate against employees based on:

The EEOC will investigate any claim of discrimination in the workplace and determine whether there is a de facto or a de jure case to answer.

How Many Cases Does the EEOC Handle?

In 2020, the EEOC received the following numbers of charges presented by discrimination category:

Discrimination TypeNumber of Cases
National origin6,377
Retaliation—all statutes37,632
Retaliation—Title VII only27,997
Equal Pay Act (wage discrimination)980
Genetic information440
Total charges67,448

In terms of litigation, in 2020, the EEOC filed 97 new cases, resolved 176 (some from the previous year), and secured $106 million in benefits and compensation payouts.

The EEOC has a strong track record of success, and the payouts secured in 2020 were considerably higher than in previous years. The EEOC is demonstrably a force to be reckoned with!

How Can I Access EEOC Services?

If you feel you are experiencing discrimination at work, your first step is to lodge a complaint—or a charge of discrimination—with your local EEOC office. You need to file your charge within 180 days of the alleged discrimination in most cases.

The EEOC process after you file your charge is as follows:

  1. Employer notification
  2. Mediation
  3. Employer and plaintiff response
  4. Investigation
  5. Subpoena
  6. Litigation or provision of a right-to-sue letter

Employer Notification

An EEOC case officer will contact your employer to notify them of the charge you have submitted.


The EEOC may suggest mediation between you and your employer. If this is not an option or if it is unsuccessful, the case officer will commence with an investigation.

Employer and Plaintiff Response

The employer is asked to submit a written response to your charge. You can then respond in writing to the employer’s response—both these responses are the statements used to clarify your and your employer’s positions.


This may be a lengthy process, depending on the complexity of your case and the employer’s willingness to cooperate.


If the employer refuses to cooperate with the investigation, the EEOC can issue a subpoena to enforce compliance.

Dismissal, Litigation, or a Letter of Right To Sue

Depending on the results of the investigation, the EEOC will:

  • Dismiss your charge if it cannot be proved
  • Decide to commence legal action against the employer
  • Issue you with a letter giving you the right to launch a lawsuit

You cannot launch private legal action without permission from the EEOC, but DoNotPay can help you get your complaint lodged as quickly as possible!

How Can DoNotPay Help Me With the EEOC?

We want your dealings with the EEOC to be as easy and quick as possible, so we can help you with filing a discrimination claimthis is what you need to do:

  1. Sign up with DoNotPay in your web browser
  2. Search for our Fight Workplace Discrimination product
  3. Fill in the details of your complaint

We will take it from there and file your charge with the nearest EEOC office.

DoNotPay Is on Your Side

Is the discrimination you’re facing at work turning into proper harassment or even stalking? Are you considering suing your manager or colleague in small claims court? These unpleasant situations usually require lawyers, but they come with hefty fees.

DoNotPay is a powerful AI-powered app that can lead you through a small claims court case against anyone or serve them with a cease-and-desist letter. If discrimination turns into a hate crime, we can help you file for crime victims compensation or make a claim on your insurance.

Whenever you need to draft, fax, or mail legal paperwork, you can open our platform and use our fast and reliable tools for that. With our help, you can even have your documents notarized by an online notary!

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