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What to do when you receive an EEOC charge

Small Business Owners are used to dealing with many stressful situations.   It comes with the territory. However, nothing can make a business owner more frantic than receiving notice that their business has been charge with a claim of discrimination.  

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The notice business owners receive is the result of an employee, applicant or former employee filing a complaint with the EEOC against their business.   The EEOC or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the agency tasked with enforcing laws that prevent discrimination in the workplace.   Specifically, discrimination that pertains to the following:

  • Equal Pay for Equal Work
  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex Pregnancy
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • National Origin
  • Disability
  • Genetic Information
  • Age (40 or older)

The Discrimination Charge is alerting you to the filing and letting you know where you can go (usually to the EEOC’s website) to learn the details of the charge against your business and what to do next.  


What business owners absolutely need to know:

Discrimination Charge = Call a Lawyer.


This isn’t the time to get emotional or angry.  Its time to be smart!  Your business and its reputation could be at stake!   Fines and penalties associated with discrimination can be very costly and   EEOC complaints can be complicated.  Depending on the size of your business and the types of employees you have, different rules can apply to different situations.  Now is not the time to try to figure things out on your own.   Call in an experts.  

L4SB is ready to assist you with your EEOC Defense.  From Consultation to Position Statements to Representation at Mediations. Call us before you do you respond to your EEOC charge and let’s get a plan in place, today!

Contact us or give us a call at 505.715.5700 today and set up an appointment with an Attorney or HR Professional.

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