As an employee, you have rights that are protected by both state and federal law. While Arizona law does have safeguards in place to provide employees a means to seek redress for workplace discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) takes such safeguards a step further. The EEOC is a federal agency that enforces a variety of laws to protect employees from workplace discrimination and other employer misconduct. Further, the EEOC oversees complaints filed by employees alleging discrimination. Any employee can file an EEOC complaint, however, doing so without the assistance of an attorney can make the process complicated, and leaves room for small mistakes that could have a significant impact on the success of your claim.
Nathan M. Smith & Associates, PLLC – Arizona Employment Law Attorneys Providing EEOC Representation
Experiencing discrimination in the workplace is not something to be wished upon anyone. Many people think discrimination is a thing of the past, but some workers continue to experience workplace discrimination on a regular basis. The Arizona employment law attorneys of Nathan M. Smith & Associates, PLLC help clients file complaints or “charges” of discrimination with the EEOC. Our attorneys provide EEOC representation for clients who have experienced discrimination based on one or more of the following:
- Race, color, national origin, sex and/or religion;
- Gender; and
- Genetic background (discrimination based on genetic information obtained by an employer).
Many employees are afraid to speak up about discrimination they have experienced. During this time, working alongside an attorney will help you address the matter and find a way to resolve it. At Nathan M. Smith & Associates, PLLC, our attorneys thoroughly evaluate each potential EEOC claim to determine what actions will best suit a client’s needs. Further, our Arizona EEOC attorneys will investigate other means of addressing workplace discrimination, such as filing a civil lawsuit against the employer.
What to Expect From the EEOC Process
As with any legal matter, it can take a while for an EEOC charge to be evaluated by the EEOC. Some charges are initially dismissed if they are not supported by evidence. Other claims are further investigated, and the EEOC will decide how those claims should proceed. For example, depending on the scope and severity of the alleged discrimination, the EEOC may seek a resolution of the matter through medication or issuing a final decision. The EEOC process can be very complicated, and it isn’t always easy to advocate for yourself. As such, working with an Arizona employment law attorney will help to ensure you are making informed choices that are in your best interests.