In most cases, Minnesota employees understand that a certain rapport should exist in the workplace. But, if an employee in Minnesota or other states across the nation experience unequal or unfair treatment, they may want to consider taking steps to correct it. In matters involving workplace discrimination, employees should be aware of their rights and their ability to file a cause of action. Although the civil rights of employees are often understood, some question how they go about filing a claim for employment discrimination.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or EEOC), when discrimination occurs in the workplace, an employee is afforded the right to file a claim against their employer. In order to initiate the claim, the employee should file the claim to one of the 53 EEOC field offices and should consider filing it with the one closest to their place of residence.

In order to determine if an employee is able to file a claim, it is important to understand how long an employee has to file a charge. In some cases, the employee has 180 days to file the claim from when the discrimination took place.

An employee may do a dual filing, which helps protect the employee under both state and federal laws. In most cases, if an employing files a claim with the EEOC, it will automatically be filled with the Fair Employment Agency.

Although claims cannot be filed online, there is an online assessment tool what world to provide insight to employees considering a claim or seeks to better understand their rights in the situation. Whether an employee seeks to file in person, by phone or by mail, it is important that they are aware of their options and the steps required in the process.

Filing an employment discrimination claim not only helps to stop and prevent discrimination. It also helps the employee recover compensation for the damage caused by the situation. Employees who are unsure if they are experiencing discrimination or do not know what steps to take should obtain guidance and information about their situation and what options and steps are best for them to take.

Source: EEOC.org, “How to File a Charge of Employment Discrimination,” accessed on Nov. 18, 2014