In Chicago, Illinois, the Bank of America Corporation was charged with violating federal law. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit, the bank failed to accommodate a legally blind data entry worker and then fired him after one day’s work because of his disability. The EEOC’s Chicago District Office oversees discrimination charges in the following states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and North and South Dakota, with Area Offices in Milwaukee and Minneapolis. See: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/9-13-11a.cfm

For certain types of discrimination and civil rights violation allegations, you must file a claim or complaint with a federal or state agency before you file any private lawsuit in court, and these agencies typically set strict time limits for claim filing. For example, an allegation involving discrimination at work, also known as employment discrimination, the charging party, or employee alleging discrimination, must file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before filing any private lawsuit within 180 days of the alleged offense. Only after receiving permission from the EEOC can the person then file a lawsuit, and comes in the form of a “right to sue” letter issued by the EEOC. Additionally, state agencies may investigate a complaint for civil rights violations or discrimination on its own, or alongside the federal government EEOC charge. See: http://public.findlaw.com/civil-rights/civil-rights-enforcement/civil-rights-violations-lawsuits.html

An experienced Civil Rights Attorney will be able to advise whether filing a government claim will be necessary in any given case. If you or someone you know has been affected by a civil rights violation, our firm has had considerable success in these matters throughout Long Island and the New York City area. For more information, contact Leeds, Morelli and Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.