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Timeliness

A charge must be filed with EEOC within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation, in order to protect the charging party's rights.

This 180-day filing deadline may be extended to 300 days if the charge also is covered by a state or local anti-discrimination law.

These time limits do not apply to claims under the Equal Pay Act, because under that Act persons do not have to first file a charge with EEOC in order to have the right to go to court. However, since many EPA claims also raise Title VII sex discrimination issues, it may be advisable to file charges under both laws within the time limits indicated.

Seattle Field Office Information

An individual has 300 days from the date of alleged harm to file a charge with this office against an employer with 15 or more employees for discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and/or disability in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. An individual has 300 days from the date of alleged harm to file a charge with this office against an employer with 20 or more employees for discrimination based on age in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Charges against employers of less than 15 employees (for race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and/or disability) or less than 20 employees (for age) must be filed with the appropriate state or local agency within the time limits prescribed by state or local laws. These time limits are: in the State of Alaska, 180 days to file with the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights; within the city limits of Anchorage, Alaska, 120 days to file with the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission; in the State of Idaho, 365 days to file with the Idaho State Commission for Human Rights; in the State of Montana, 180 days to file with the Montana Human Rights Commission; in the State of Oregon, 365 days to file with the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries, Civil Rights Division; in the State of Washington, 180 days to file with the Washington State Human Rights Commission; and within the City of Seattle or the City of Tacoma, 180 days to file either the Seattle Office for Civil Rights or the Tacoma Human Rights and Human Services Department, respectively.

To protect your legal rights, it is always best to contact EEOC promptly when discrimination is suspected.