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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Time Limits for Filing a Complaint

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There are strict time limits for filing a job discrimination complaint with the EEOC. In some cases, you only have 180 days to report discrimination to us. You have 300 days if your complaint also is covered by a state or local anti-discrimination law. You should contact us immediately if you believe your employer is discriminating against you. We can help you determine whether your job discrimination complaint is within the correct time limit.

If you believe you have been treated unfairly or harassed at work by a federal government employer, there are different time limits for filing a complaint. For information on how the process works, you should see the guidelines for Federal Sector Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint Processing.