EEOC launches online portal to sign, file discrimination charges

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 8, 2017

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) —The U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) announced Nov. 1 that it has launched an EEOC public portal that will provide individuals inquiring about discrimination with online access to information.

The portal, which has been piloted by EEOC offices in Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, New Orleans, Phoenix and Seattle, will allow individuals to submit online inquiries to the agency. The EEOC states the demand for its services is high. The agency has responded to more than 550,000 calls and 140,600 inquiries in field offices in fiscal 2017. The portal will provide a more efficient means for the public to get in touch with the agency.

Individuals can digitally sign and file a charge online. Once the charge is uploaded to the website, the individual can use the portal to provide new information, agree to mediate the charge, upload various documents, and check on the charge’s status.

"This secure online system makes the EEOC and an individual's charge information available wherever and whenever it is most convenient for that individual," said EEOC acting chair Victoria A. Lipnic. "It's a giant leap forward for the EEOC in providing online services."

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