The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The law has a very short time limit for filing a charge against your employer. It can be as short as 180 days for filing with the
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC is the federal agency whose job it is to protect you from discrimination based on age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion and disability. Many states and cities have similar fair employment practices agencies. In many states, a state or local agency investigates discrimination cases first and tries to work them out on the local level.

You can file a charge with the EEOC at 1-800-669-4000. If your complaint is not filed on time, the EEOC may not be able to investigate it, and you may not be able to get any help.

You can file a charge even if you no longer work for the same employer. If you left your job because of how you were treated, you may still be able to file a complaint.

Contact EEOC

EEOC’s customer service representatives are available to assist you in more than 150 languages between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. An automated system with answers to frequently asked questions is available on a 24-hour basis. You can reach EEOC:

By phone:


If you have a TTY device for hearing impaired:

TTY number is 1-800-669-6820

By Email:

Please include your zip code and/or city and state so that your email will be sent to the appropriate office.

By mail or fax:

Please contact the appropriate field office:

EEOC Field Office List and Jurisdictional Map

EEOC Headquarters is located at:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
1801 L Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20507,
Phone: (202) 663-4900,
TTY: (202) 663-4494

See also…

Job Discrimination and Harassment

Labor and Employment Law