Should I always file my employment discrimination claim in my state of employment?
Living in the tri-state area offers many luxuries, including taking a 15-minute drive and crossing three state boundaries. This luxury can also cause some confusion when it comes to deciding in which state to file a charge of discrimination. It is not uncommon for an individual to live in Kentucky, Indiana, or Ohio and commute to work in a different state. A question we often receive is, “Where should an individual file an EEOC charge of discrimination—in the state of residence or the state of employment?”
If you are being discriminated against in the workplace, you should file your claim at the agency closest to you. The EEOC has 53 office locations across the United States broken up into 15 districts. It does not matter where you work or live; you can simply file a claim at the agency closest to you.
There is an EEOC agency conveniently located in downtown Cincinnati; accepting walk-ins and communication via mail.
Before filing a claim with the EEOC, we strongly recommend consulting with an experienced employment law attorney. An employment lawyer will help you file a charge of discrimination and assist you with the investigation process. If you would like more information on how to file a discrimination claim, feel free to contact the attorneys at Robert A. Klingler Co., L.P.A.