Labor and Employment

How Do I Make a Discrimination or Harassment Complaint?

By Sachi Barreiro, Attorney, University of San Francisco School of Law

Before you can file a lawsuit for discrimination or harassment, you must file an administrative claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—the agency that enforces federal antidiscrimination laws—or the equivalent agency in your state. To learn more, see our article on filing a discrimination or harassment claim with the EEOC.

You must file your claim within 180 days of the discrimination or harassment. However, if there is a state agency enforcing a state antidiscrimination law, you have 300 days to file your claim.

Go to the main employment discrimination FAQ for employees page.

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