Those who work in the state of California want to be treated fairly while on the job. When that does not happen, they want to believe that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will have their backs. According to a recently published article, that does not seem to be the case. What can one do when his or her EEOC claim gets tossed aside?
When the EEOC receives a claim, it is supposed to investigate the matter. Its sole job is to protect the rights of employees and ensure that they work in discrimination-free environments. Unfortunately, due to a lack of funding, the department is severely short-staffed and has been unable to investigate all claims received. The EEOC says it is only taking more significant cases right now and is closing a lot of claims without performing investigations.
In the last year, only 13% of all claims received and closed by the EEOC ended with workers receiving relief. That is down 5% from a decade ago. Most individuals who file complaints are being told that they will have to pursue compensation on their own time and their own dime. Right or wrong, this approach to claims is not something that will be changing any time soon.
California residents who believe that they are or have been victims of discrimination in the workplace have every right to file complaints in an effort to hold their employers accountable and to seek compensation for any resulting losses. Submitting an EEOC claim must be done in a certain way and in a specific time frame. Legal counsel can help with the filing and, if deemed appropriate, can offer further assistance pursuing relief even if the EEOC decides not to investigate the matter.