But when does assertiveness cross over into the territory of being intimidating?Sometimes, assertiveness can go too far and can make people feel afraid to state their opinion and contradict you.The portal will walk you through a few questions to determine whether the EEOC is the right agency for your claim.Then, you can schedule an interview with a staff member, also through the portal, and file a charge if you feel that it’s warranted. Their website offers a tool that finds the closest office to you.You'll need to provide your name, address, telephone number, and detailed information about your workplace and your employer.Also, be prepared to talk about the harassment you faced and any discrimination that may have resulted. In some cases, the EEOC asks the complainant and the employer to participate in a mediation program, which may lead to a voluntary settlement.
Depending on the nature of the discrimination, you may also be able to file your suit more quickly.
State laws may also provide protection from harassment at work.
However, not every unpleasant behavior or incident qualifies as harassment under the law.
File the Charge as Soon as Possible After the incident occurs, you have 180 days to file the charge with the EEOC (or two years, in the case of violations of the EPA).
This window is extended to 300 days if a state or local law prohibits harassment on the same basis.
Keep Detailed Records Keep a written record of the time and date of the incident(s), including the individuals involved, the place the harassment occurred and other pertinent details.