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Filing a Charge with this Office

If you believe you have been discriminated against by an employer, labor union or employment agency when applying for a job or while on the job because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information, or believe that you have been discriminated against because of opposing a prohibited practice or participating in an equal employment opportunity matter, you may file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). All laws enforced by EEOC, (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), except the Equal Pay Act (EPA), require filing a charge with EEOC before a private lawsuit may be filed in court.

To protect your legal rights, it is always best to contact EEOC promptly when discrimination is suspected. There are strict time limits within which charges must be filed. Please review the information for your state, and the specific charge filing instructions for this office.

Charge Filing Procedures

The Chicago office's hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. EEOC has an online scheduling system for individuals who live or work within 100 miles of the EEOC office in Chicago. You can use the online system to submit an inquiry to EEOC and schedule an intake appointment.

We encourage you to use our online system, however if you wish to contact us by phone with an employment discrimination question, please contact the Information Intake Group toll-free at 1-800-669-4000, 1-800-669-6820 (TTY) or 1-844-234-5122 (ASL Video Phone for Deaf/Hard of Hearing callers only). You may also write the Chicago District Office at 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60661.

Our staff will advise you whether your employment concern is covered by EEOC. If it is not covered, you will be provided with information on where you might receive assistance. If covered by EEOC, you will be advised on the procedures for filing a charge of employment discrimination with EEOC.

When completing the questionnaire you should be prepared to provide the following information:

  1. The name, address, and telephone number of the person filing the charge;
  2. The name, address, and telephone number of the company, employment agency, or union that the charge is filed against, and the number of employees (or union members), if known;
  3. The date(s) the event(s) took place;
  4. Whether the individual has filed the same or similar charge with a state or local fair employment practice agency; and
  5. The name, address, and telephone number of a person who always knows where to contact the person wishing to file a charge.

Please be sure to read our information on time limits for filing a charge.