How to File a Workplace Discrimination Complaint in Arizona
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Dec 12, 2016 in Employee Rights
Not only is it illegal to for an employer to discriminate against a worker in Arizona, but employers can also be held legally accountable for their discriminatory actions.
Arizona law protects employees from discrimination by their employers regarding color, race, gender, age, religion, national origin and physical disability.
This freedom from discrimination, also known as the Arizona Civil Rights Act, enables employees who were harassed or discriminated against to file a complaint if their rights have been violated.
Steps for Filing a Complaint
Filing a workplace complaint involves various steps. You can file a discrimination claim through the Arizona Attorney Generals’ Civil Rights Division or at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) office closest to you. These organizations often work together to handle workplace complaints.
Arizona requires employees to file a state claim within 180 days of when the discrimination took place. Filing with the EEOC requires you to file your complaint within 300 days from when you were first discriminated against.
This claim must include personal details of the complainant such as your:
- Phone number
- Employer information
In addition, you must submit a signed written summary of the discriminatory workplace events, along with the date that the events occurred and why you think you were discriminated against.
After receiving your claim, the EEOC will review the details and either send you to mediation with your employer to attempt to resolve the dispute and/or investigate the situation to determine if your employer’s actions violated the law.
If the EEOC does not find a violation of law, you have a right to file a federal lawsuit against your employer.
It is important to note that your employer cannot retaliate against you for filing a workplace complaint.
Having an experienced employment law attorney on your side throughout this process is vital to ensuring your rights are protected. If you have been harassed or discriminated against in the workplace, do not hesitate to contact Phillips Law Group for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your claim.
Call or text 1-800-706-3000 to schedule a free consultation with our attorneys.