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Are there any time limits on when I must file a charge of discrimination?


If you’re filing a lawsuit under Title VII, you must first file a complaint on discrimination with the EEOC. Generally, you must file that complainant within 180 days of the discriminatory act. Now, depending on what state you live in, that deadline may be extended 300 days. These are the deadlines that are applied if you are in private sector, working for a corporation or a company.

If, instead, you work for the Federal government, you have 45 days from the discriminatory act to contact your agency’s EEO Council and to file a complaint through that process. The best way to find out about these various deadlines is to visit the EEOC’s website. They, in fact, have an assessment center that will walk you through your particular situation and tell you the deadline that applies.

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Eric Bachman litigates employment discrimination and whistleblower retaliation cases. He can be reached at (202) 769-1681 and [email protected]. Bachman is Chair of the discrimination and retaliation Practices at Zuckerman Law. Previously, Bachman served as Special Litigation Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and a Deputy Special Counsel with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.