Before you can file a lawsuit in Civil Court, you must obtain a right to sue letter from EEOC. The letter indicates that the EEOC has concluded processing of your claim, and you are now free to hire an attorney and pursuing the claim on your own. You may ask for a Right to Sue Letter at any time after filing a charge. However, be advised that the EEOC is not likely to issue one until it is has completed a full investigation or 180 days from the date you filed your charge. If your claim is under Title VII (race, gender, religion, pregnancy) or the ADA (disability), you have 90 days after receiving the Right to Sue Letter to file a lawsuit. If you claim is under the ADEA (age), you have 60 days after receiving the Right to Sue Letter to file a lawsuit. You do not need a Right to Sue Letter to pursue a claim under the Equal Pay Act.
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