EEOC Bias Filing Counts As A 'Charge': 10th Circ.

Law360, New York (November 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The questionnaires that a plaintiff submitted to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging disability bias on the part of an oil-field services company qualify as a "charge" initiated within the statute of limitations, an appeals court has ruled.

Since Christopher Carson "filed" his answers and an affidavit with the EEOC describing his claims before the 300-day window closed, the lower court was wrong to toss his lawsuit on the grounds that the commission did not “issue” the charge until after the deadline had passed, the...
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