October 4th, 2013
EEOC, Whistleblower Protections, and Federal Shutdown
The Federal Shutdown is hurting the middle class and the working poor the most.
A co-coordinator for the California Healthy Workplace Bill Advocate group gave us some more news about the shutdown’s effects on the EEOC and whistleblower protections.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is closed during the government shutdown as are many federal government offices, however, a charge of employment discrimination can still be filed. See the EEOC website for information for filing a charge.
Please note that there are specific time limits for filing a charge of employment discrimination with the EEOC. The EEOC states the following:
“Generally, charges have to be filed within 300 days of the incident. However, if you are in a state where there is no state fair employment practice agency (North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, or Arkansas), the time limit for filing a charge is 180 days. These time limits may NOT be extended because of the shut-down.”
“Therefore, if you are within 30 days of your time expiring or you are unsure when your time expires; you should not wait until we re-open to begin the process. You can go to our online assessment system to begin the process. You will be asked a series of questions to determine whether your complaint is covered by the laws we enforce, and if it is covered, you will be able to access the intake questionnaire which you can complete and mail or fax to the office indicated. You can access the online assessment by selecting “contact EEOC” from our main page:
Whistleblower Protection Program
The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration is closed during the federal govt. shutdown, however, a whistleblower can still file charges, see their website. Complaints must be filed within 30 days of the alleged reprisal. See the website for more information.
Filing with the EEOC or claiming whistleblower status is already very hard, especially having just escaped an abusive workplace. EEOC timelines and attempts at mediation are both ugly realities, and with the Federal shutdown, things are even uglier.
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