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EEOC claim process updated for easier access for workers

Recently, the media sources have been deluged with stories concerning high-profile individuals who have been accused of committing various types of sexual harassment. Earlier in November, the EEOC announced that it had introduced a new website that may make it easier for California workers to report harassment on the job. Though the move was unrelated to the current spate of reports concerning inappropriate behaviors, the new process may encourage victims to file an EEOC claim in the event they have faced discrimination or harassment on the job.

The new website features step-by-step instructions in both Spanish and English and helps visitors understand the process of filing a claim. The first step is for a victim to report any incident that he or she believes is a form of harassment or discrimination. Once the incident is logged in, the website will guide the visitor through the on-line confidential form. If the requirements are met that indicate that discrimination or harassment has occurred, then the inquiry process will be initiated by the agency.

Before the development of the website, a victim was forced to either call an agent with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or visit a local office in person in order to initiate an investigation. The new format makes filing a claim more efficient and easier for victims to seek assistance. The website can be accessed for any type of discrimination and is not limited to sexual harassment.

California employment laws are intended to ensure that workers are guaranteed a safe workplace that is free of any forms of discrimination or harassment. Though the media outlets have been consumed with coverage of alleged harassment perpetrated by celebrities and other purportedly respected individuals, harassment and discrimination can occur in any workplace and affects countless victims on a daily basis. Along with filing an EEOC claim, workers may also seek the assistance of experienced employment law professionals in order to seek the best solutions possible for their particular circumstances.

Source: The Washington Post, "Now it's much easier for your employees to file sexual harassment complaints", Gene Marks, Nov. 22, 2017

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