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What should I do about an employment law violation?

As a worker in Georgia, you have certain rights at work. When your boss violates those rights, a lawsuit might be in order. However, before you can pursue a lawsuit against your current or former employer for violating employment law, you usually have to first make a complaint to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. While this might sound simple enough, making a proper complaint to the EEOC can actually be quite complicated.

Your complaint to the EEOC is usually referred to as a charge of discrimination. This charge of discrimination should summarise your supporting facts for your claim. Important and relevant information you should detail in your complaint include:

  • Forms of alleged discrimination
  • Time frames of discrimination

Getting the details right on the original complaint is essential to your ability to later file a lawsuit. In general, what you will be allowed to sue your employer for -- such as unequal pay or gender discrimination -- will be limited to what you listed in your charge of discrimination. Unfortunately, you may not have as much time as you would like to thoroughly prepare your EEOC filing. Under Georgia state law, you have only 180 days from the time that you became aware of the discrimination to actually make your filing. This can feel like an extremely tight timeline, especially if you were previously unaware of the EEOC filing process and everything that it entails.

Filing a lawsuit against a discriminatory employer is an important step towards justice, but it can be complicated. Since Georgia employment law limits the period of time that you have to make a claim to EEOC, working alone might not be well-advised. Instead, those who work under the guidance of an experienced counsel may be more readily prepared to make an accurate charge of discrimination within the timeline.

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