On August 3, 2020, federal agencies that process charges of discrimination resumed issuing right-to-sue notices that were held in abeyance due to COVID-19. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which investigates claims of workplace discrimination, and the U.S. Department of Justice, which investigates claims of discrimination involving state and local governmental entities, put on hold the issuance of Right-t0-Sue notices that signal completion of the agencies’ investigation of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation charges filed by aggrieved workers. These notices are necessary if the worker intends to file a lawsuit. The agency will either issue a probable cause finding if it believes discrimination occurred or a no-probable cause finding if it is unable to determine whether there is reasonable cause to believe that discrimination took place. Under either scenario, the worker may institute a lawsuit.

If your organization receives a Charge of Discrimination from a state or federal agency, it is really important to respond in a prompt and thorough manner. The attorneys at Quinlivan & Hughes have assisted employers with hundreds of charges. Please call one of our employment attorneys to help you through this process. You can reach us at 320-200-4928 or contact us online.

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