Thursday, November 9, 2017
The EEOC announced earlier this month that it will be offering a new on-line portal that will allow members of the public to file discrimination charges. The portal will further allow individuals to engage in a number of other activities related to the discrimination charge. From the press release:
"The new system enables individuals to digitally sign and file a charge prepared by the EEOC for them. Once an individual files a charge, he or she can use the EEOC Public Portal to provide and update contact information, agree to mediate the charge, upload documents to his or her charge file, receive documents and messages related to the charge from the agency and check on the status of his or her charge. These features are available for newly filed charges and charges that were filed on or after Jan. 1, 2016 that are in investigation or mediation."
The portal has already been up-and-running as a pilot program in five EEOC offices. The success of that pilot program, combined with a few refinements, allowed the launch of the portal nationwide.