Legal Processes

Essay by kbinghamCollege, Undergraduate July 2010

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There are many agencies and laws when it comes to the legal process. One agency in particular is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This agency is a federal agency in the government that helps enforces the compliance of federal discrimination laws (

In this paper we have an employee named John that believes he has been discriminated against and what step he will need to take in order to file a complaint and follow it through the legal process with the EEOC. I will also cover the process used in a civil litigation if a settlement is not reached with the help of the EEOC.

EEOC Filing Process

An employee named John works for an organization that is in the private sector and he is contemplating on filing a discrimination complaint against his current employer. One of the first things Johns needs to do is to file the complaint or charge of discrimination with the EEOC.

To start, John will need to file his complaint to a counselor in the EEOC to begin the process. Once the complaint has been filed with the counselor, the investigation can begin. One thing for John to remember is that the complaint needs to be filed within 180 days from the time of the alleged act of discrimination took place. In some cases this can be extended to 300 days if the particular act took place in a location where local and state anti-discrimination laws are employed.

John will begin by explaining the complaint to the EEOC office which will have a representative contact him and arrange an interview to get all the information necessary and all the details. Once the representative has finished interviewing John, they will then complete a charge form (hearing form) which he...