Do You Need A Lawyer To File A Federal Sector EEO Complaint?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a powerful federal agency that enforces federal employment law. Generally, you must deal with the EEOC before you can proceed to a lawsuit against the employer that violated your rights. Many people wonder if hiring an attorney is necessary at this stage of the process.
Having an experienced attorney representing you gives you the best chance of a favorable decision from the EEOC, which makes recovering damages in court much easier. At McConnell Law & Mediation P.C., I have extensive experience in all aspects of employment law with a focus on helping federal workers, as well as those in the private sector. My firm serves clients in and around Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Your Attorney’s Role In The EEO Complaint Process
Your first step is to contact an EEO counselor at your workplace. You must contact a counselor within 45 days from the day you experienced discrimination. It is beneficial to contact an employment law attorney early in this process to guide you and gather all-important evidence for your case. At McConnell Law & Mediation P.C., I can help you step by step and answer all of your questions.
If working with an EEO counselor does not lead to results, you file a formal complaint with the EEOC. Having an attorney with experience with EEOC matters is crucial because their investigators receive thousands of complaints and their standards can be high. It is vital to present as complete and convincing of a case you can based on substantial evidence. Otherwise, the EEOC may determine your claim is not strong enough.
If you work for a federal agency, you must file your formal complaint within 15 days from the day you receive instructions from your counselor. Time is short. To make this time count, you need a lawyer to prepare your complaint. If you do not make a timely filing, your claim will be denied.
As your lawyer, I will fight for you. I know how to gather evidence in employment law. I will make sure you have the strongest possible claim to present to the EEOC.
Contact My Employment Law Office Today For A Case Evaluation
Call 720-759-3008 to schedule an initial consultation with me, Wes McConnell. You can also email me.