Nassau County EEOC Representation
The county seat of Nassau County is the Village of Garden City. The population that identifies as a minority, rather than as white, represents 35.4% of its total population. If you face illegal discrimination or harassment on the job, and your employer is covered by federal anti-discrimination laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, you will need to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Filing the charge is a prerequisite to suing in federal court, and you only have a limited time within which to do it. At Phillips & Associates, our Nassau County EEOC lawyers may be able to provide representation if you have a federal claim for discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.The EEOC Claims Process
Once you file an EEOC charge against your employer for discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, the EEOC notifies the employer. Based on the charge, the EEOC is authorized to look into whether there is reasonable cause to believe that the employer has discriminated. Sometimes, the EEOC asks the worker and the employer to try to resolve the charge through mediation. Mediation and settlement are voluntary, and it is important to consult an employment attorney before you participate. Anything that you or the employer says during the EEOC process may follow you into litigation, so it is helpful to have an EEOC attorney in Nassau County to protect your rights during this proceeding, staying mindful of the impact on subsequent litigation.
While the EEOC is investigating, the employer and you will both be asked for information. The investigator will evaluate what you submit and issue a recommendation as to whether or not there is reasonable cause to believe that there has been harassment or discrimination. Your employer may need to submit a position statement, in which it tells its side of the story. It may present facts that show why it does not believe that your claims are correct or at any rate do not constitute a violation of Title VII, the ADA, or another law. It may also need to respond to the EEOC's request for information, including by providing documents. Sometimes the EEOC makes an onsite visit or interviews employees who may be witnesses to the discrimination.
It can often take the EEOC more than six months to investigate a claim. After the investigator is done, they make a determination about whether your claim is meritorious. If they decide that there is no reasonable cause to believe that there was discrimination, you will be issued a Dismissal and Notice of Rights form. This is a notice to you that you have the right to sue in federal court within the 90-day period after receiving the notice. The employer also gets this notice.
On the other hand, if the EEOC decides that there is reasonable cause to believe that discrimination happened, a Letter of Determination is sent to both parties indicating this. The EEOC will invite the parties to participate in conciliation, which is an informal process. If conciliation does not yield a resolution, the EEOC may respond to the violation by suing in federal court. However, if it decides not to do so, you will get a Notice of Right to Sue and can file the lawsuit yourself within 90 days. A Nassau County EEOC attorney can make sure that you follow all of the appropriate procedures.
If you are a federal employee, an administrative judge at the EEOC will independently decide the outcome of your discrimination complaint. The administrative judge issues orders to process your claim, analyzes the appropriate laws and evidence, and issues a determination. While you are not technically required to hire an attorney, it is wise to do so. You need to be familiar with the EEOC's practice and procedure rules, and you will bear the burden of presenting and proving your claim of discrimination.Hire an EEOC Lawyer in Nassau County
At Phillips & Associates, our experienced attorneys can evaluate your situation to determine whether you may have a basis to file a federal discrimination charge, and we can explain the role of the EEOC in the process. Call us at (516) 365-3731 or contact us online. We offer free consultations and charge no upfront fees, instead collecting a percentage of what we win for you.
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