Asserting Your Rights

If you believe you have been harassed or discriminated against at work, your best strategy is to talk to an experienced employment lawyer right away. A lawyer can review the facts of your situation and assess how strong your claims are. If you decide to take action, a lawyer can help you negotiate a settlement with your employer, file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and file a lawsuit.

This section provides some basic information about how to assert your rights, including how to file a charge with the EEOC and get a right to sue letter. (This is a legal prerequisite to filing a lawsuit.) It also explains the time limits that apply to discrimination and harassment cases.

Articles on Asserting Your Rights

Right to Sue Letter from the EEOC
How the EEOC processes discrimination claims and issues right to sue letters — and what to do once you get one.

If You’re Facing Discrimination in the Workplace
Find out what to do — and what not to do — if you’re being discriminated against at work.

What’s a Prima Facie Case of Discrimination Under Title VII?
To get out of the starting blocks in a discrimination case, you need evidence that you were treated differently because of your race, gender, or other protected characteristic.

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Resources on Asserting Your Rights

Your Rights in the Workplace
Our comprehensive guide to your rights on the job, including your right to work free from harassment and discrimination.

The Essential Guide to Handling Workplace Harassment and Discrimination
Written for managers and employers, this handy reference explains how to recognize and handle discrimination claims.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The website of the federal EEOC provides information on discrimination and harassment laws, how to file a charge of discrimination, and much more.

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