New York Race Discrimination Lawyers File Claims with the EEOC
New York race discrimination lawyers like the ones at Leeds Brown understand that race discrimination cases can be complex and emotional. It is never easy when you are treated poorly at your job. You can feel stressed, unsafe and anxious when your supervisor or co-workers harass or discriminate against you. It can be devastating to lose your job because someone has acted in an unlawful and hurtful manner.
Unfortunately, we see employment discrimination every day. Despite being unlawful under Title VII and numerous other statutes, workers experience discrimination based on race, gender, disability, age and more. Whenever an employer makes an employment decision based on a protected category, it is discrimination.
State and Federal agencies exist to handle complaints about discrimination. Before being allowed to file a Title VII race discrimination lawsuit against an employer, you must first file a complaint with the EEOC. In 2015 the EEOC received nearly 90,000 complaints. Over 31,000 of those were claims of race discrimination in the workplace. Victims of race discrimination received approximately 88 million dollars in monetary benefits based on EEOC complaints and resolutions.
The New York race discrimination attorneys at Leeds Brown have filed EEOC claims and discrimination lawsuits for many hundreds of clients during the twenty years we have been practicing. Our lawyers understand the time limits involved, how to draft a compelling complaint to file with the EEOC and best represent your interests during the investigation and mediation stages if appropriate. Of course, once the EEOC grants permission, and if you choose, the team at Leeds Brown can vigorously advocate for your rights in a court of law. Having a skilled EEOC lawyer can assist you during all phases of your race discrimination claim.
Filing Your Complaint with the EEOC with the Help of New York Racial Discrimination Lawyers
Any time you experience racial discrimination in the workplace, you should be prepared to file a complaint with the EEOC. Some examples of race discrimination are:
- You did not receive a promotion because of your race
- Your employer fired you because of your race
- You did not receive a job offer because of your race
- Your employer has a policy and practice that disproportionately affects your race
- Your co-workers tell jokes and make inappropriate, insulting comments about your race
Generally, you have 180 days from the discriminatory act to file your complaint. There may be more or less time, depending on the circumstances. It is best to speak with a New York race discrimination lawyer at Leeds Brown to ensure that you do not miss any deadlines.
You may file your complaint in person or by mail. The complaint should include some of the following information:
- Your name and contact information
- The name and contact information of the employer you are filing your charge against
- The number of employees employed there
- A description of discriminatory acts
- When they occurred
- Why you believe you were discriminated against, i.e.: your race
After you file your claim, the EEOC will send a notice to your employer within ten days. The EEOC may ask you to participate in mediation as a way to help resolve the matter. If you choose not to participate, or mediation does not help, the complaint goes into the investigation stage.
New York Race Discrimination Lawyers Help Clients Through EEOC Investigations
The EEOC will ask the employer for a position statement, or response, to your claim. You may have an opportunity to respond to the position statement. The EEOC may ask your employer questions or ask for additional information with regards to your discrimination claim. The EEOC may interview people or ask the employer to conduct an investigation and speak to witnesses. The details of the investigation depend on the nature of the charges and the facts of each specific case. According to the EEOC, it averages nearly ten months to complete an investigation. You should have someone representing your interests during this time.
Notice of Right to Sue Lets You File Lawsuit
If the EEOC is unable to determine whether or not your employer unlawfully discriminated against you, they will give you a notice of right to sue. The notice allows you to file a lawsuit in federal court. If the EEOC thinks your employer violated the law, they may try to negotiate a settlement. If the parties can’t settle, the EEOC may choose to file a lawsuit themselves or issue a notice of right to sue letter to you, which is more common.
It is important to note that if you want to file a lawsuit before the EEOC finishes its investigation, you may request a right to sue letter. If over 180 days has passed since you filed your complaint, the EEOC is required to give you the notice. If you ask for the notice before 180 days has passed, the EEOC must give you the letter only if they will not be finished investigating before 180 days.
Once you receive your notice, you must file your lawsuit within 90 days.
New York Race Discrimination Attorneys Help Victims File EEOC Charges and Lawsuits
If you have experienced workplace race discrimination and want to hold your employer accountable, let the New York race discrimination lawyers at Leeds Brown help. If you have been wrongfully denied a promotion, terminated or harassed because of your race, your employer may have violated the law. Under Title VII it is unlawful to make an employment decision based on race. If you are the victim of race discrimination, understand your rights to compensation. You may be entitled to reinstatement, back pay, a job, promotion or other monetary damages.
Race discrimination cases require strategy and skill and having strong advocates on your side during every stage can be very beneficial. NY race discrimination lawyers at Leeds Brown can draft your EEOC charge, ensure that it gets filed promptly, and assist with the investigation to make sure it is thorough and fair. If you choose mediation, our attorneys will work hard to see that your matter gets resolved fairly. We understand the time limits and requirements that bind the EEOC and will work to help things move along at a proper pace. Of course, we can request a right to sue letter and file a lawsuit if that is the course of action you wish to pursue.
At Leeds Brown, we take a hands-on and collaborative approach to our cases which allows us to provide outstanding and personal representation. We have a proven track record of successful outcomes in cases involving race discrimination, sexual harassment and all areas of employment law.
Contact Leeds Brown if you are the victim of New York racial discrimination. Someone is here to take your call twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. Protect your rights and hold your employer accountable for unlawful behavior. Call Leeds Brown today at 1-800-585-4658