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Timeliness

A charge must be filed with EEOC within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation, in order to protect the charging party's rights.

This 180-day filing deadline may be extended to 300 days if the charge also is covered by a state or local anti-discrimination law.

These time limits do not apply to claims under the Equal Pay Act, because under that Act persons do not have to first file a charge with EEOC in order to have the right to go to court. However, since many EPA claims also raise Title VII sex discrimination issues, it may be advisable to file charges under both laws within the time limits indicated.

Atlanta District Office Information

In the State of Georgia, an individual has 180 days from the date of alleged harm to file a charge with this office against an employer with 15 or more employees for discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and/or disability. An individual has 180 days from the date of alleged harm to file a charge with this office against an employer with 20 or more employees for discrimination based on age.

A State of Georgia government employee or an applicant for employment with the State of Georgia has 300 days from the date of alleged harm to file a charge with the EEOC for discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age and/or disability.

In the State of South Carolina, an individual has 300 days from the date of alleged harm to file a charge with this office against an employer with 15 or more employees for discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and/or disability. An individual has 300 days from the date of alleged harm to file a charge with this office against an employer with 20 or more employees for discrimination based on age.

To protect your legal rights, it is always best to contact EEOC promptly when discrimination is suspected.