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How To File A Discrimination Complaint Against Your Employer

The TWC’s Civil Rights Division’s initiatives give current and former workers (or people who applied for a job) the opportunity to file a claim against their employer if they believe they were discriminated against in an employment transaction. If you believe that the treatment you received from your employer is a result of your race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, disability, or retaliation for participating and/or filing another discrimination complaint, we are here to assist you.

The Civil Rights Division investigates allegations of labor code discrimination to see whether they exist. We collaborate with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to resolve employment-related disputes.

Workplace discrimination happens far too frequently. It should not be overlooked or unaccounted for. A lawyer can assist you with filing a workplace-discrimination claim and determining the types of evidence you’ll need to build your case.

Call Texas Personal Injury Lawyers immediately to discover what choices are open to you. Workplace discrimination should not be treated lightly, as it has the potential to cause significant emotional harm. With our team of Texas employment discrimination lawyers, contact us for a free consultation.

Discrimination Complaint Process

To file a complaint of discrimination, you must first satisfy the following jurisdiction criteria:

  • The physical address you worked at must be within the state of Texas.
  • The company must have 15 or more employees.
  • The date of discrimination must have occurred within the last 180 days from the date you are submitting the complaint.
  • Your discrimination allegation must specify one or more of the following types: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.
  • Your complaint must identify employment harm such as demotion, denial of promotion, or termination.

Please do not hesitate to submit the following form if you believe you have been treated unjustly for any of the reasons listed above.

Employment Discrimination Complaint Form


When you file an employment discrimination complaint with the Civil Rights Division, it is automatically passed on to the EEOC through the Work sharing Agreement. You can’t do both at once.

Investigation Process


If your workplace has violated your rights, you may file a claim with the EEOC. After they receive your Employment Discrimination Complaint Form, they will examine it to determine if it is acceptable under the law. If your complaint does not satisfy the statutory criteria set forth in Texas Labor Code Chapter 21 and/or Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 819, they will send you a letter formally withdrawing your claim.

If the complaint satisfies the jurisdictional criteria, they will prepare a charge of discrimination form. This form will be sent or emailed to you for approval and signature. Your complaint will be handled once they receive your signed charge of discrimination.

Mediation (Optional): 


After a signed charge is received, you will receive an invitation from the EEOC to mediation. Mediation is a voluntary approach that allows the parties to discuss their issues with a neutral mediator. The mediator’s job is to assist in resolving the issue in such a way that all parties are satisfied. The procedure may be conducted over the phone, in person, or remotely, utilizing the internet. If both parties agree to participate in mediation, one of EEOC mediators will contact them.



The investigation will begin if one of the parties declines to go through mediation. The investigator will conduct interviews with the pertinent people and witnesses, examine relevant papers, policies, and procedures as well as refer to applicable state laws. The investigator will examine the facts and evidence presented to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence of discrimination.

Additional Complaint Submission Methods:


In addition to the Employment Discrimination Complaint Form, you may submit an employment discrimination complaint to the EEOC by email, regular mail, or in person.

The EEOC cannot handle complaints about employment discrimination over the phone.

Talk To An Experienced Employment Discrimination Lawyer

Employment discrimination is a serious problem, and it’s critical to hold businesses accountable. Our experienced employment attorneys are focused on representing workers in the most important legal matters. We are not afraid of competing with the biggest businesses and take pleasure in delivering unique, customer-centric service. We handle many types of discrimination cases, including gender discrimination and sex discrimination.  

If you believe that you have been discriminated against at work, we can help. Call us at (888) 997-2148 now to schedule a free consultation today.

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