Filing Complaints about Discrimination in the Workplace
You've disclosed your disability, made formal requests for accommodation, tried to negotiate with your supervisor, and discussed your needs and problems with your human resources representative or Employee Assistance Program personnel. But if you're still facing discrimination at the office, it may be time to file a formal complaint under whatever laws are relevant to your situation.
Filing a Complaint under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act
If the employer has 15 or more employees, this kind of discrimination is covered under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
To file a complaint under Title I of the ADA, contact the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the discrimination, or within 300 days if you file in a designated state or local fair employment practice agency. If the EEOC determines you have been discriminated against, it will send you a "right to sue" letter allowing you to file a lawsuit in federal court. To find the nearest EEOC office, look in the U.S. Government section of the telephone directory, or call (800) 669-4000 (voice) or (800) 669-6820 (TDD).
Filing a Complaint under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Situations like these are covered under Title III of the ADA.
To file a complaint under Title III of the ADA, contact the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division within 180 days of the date of the discrimination. You may also file a lawsuit in federal court without waiting for a "right to sue" letter. For details, call the Civil Rights Division at (800) 514-0301 (voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TDD).
Filing a Complaint under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
If your disability substantially limits your ability to learn, work, speak, write, walk, see, or hear, and you work in a government office or for an employer which receives federal money, your employer is required to make "appropriate and reasonable" accommodations. If your employer refuses, you can file a complaint under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
To file a complaint under Section 504, contact the Disability Rights Section of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, at (800) 514-0301 (voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TDD).
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