How to File an EEOC Complaint in Arizona

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Arizona residents who believe they have suffered discrimination from an employer, employment agency or union may file an EEOC complaint. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission maintains a district office in Phoenix, Arizona, that manages discrimination complaints made by Arizona residents and against Arizona-based companies. Discrimination complaints concern age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and/or disabilities. The Arizona EEOC will interview you and investigate your complaint to decide if discrimination has occurred. The ultimate outcome of the investigation may result in mediation or a lawsuit initiated by the EEOC.

  • Visit the National EEOC website and complete the EEOC online assessment. The staff at the Arizona district EEOC office will use your responses to the assessment as part of the review of your complaint. The assessment will help determine if the EEOC or another commission or agency should handle your complaint.

  • Call the EEOC Contact Center at 800-669-4000 to file a complaint. The representative will screen you and ask questions about your complaint. You will need to provide information about the alleged discrimination, including specific details about the alleged discrimination, including the time and date as well as why you felt discriminated against.

  • Write to the Arizona EEOC office at 3300 North Central Avenue, Suite 690, Phoenix, Arizona 85012-9688 to file your complaint. Ensure your written communication includes information about you, your employer, the nature of the alleged discrimination and details about when and where the discrimination took place. Include phone numbers for you and your employer so the Arizona EEOC may contact you for more information if necessary.

  • File a complaint in person at the Arizona EEOC office in Phoenix. You will meet with a representative who will interview you onsite. You do not need an appointment, but you should allow one to two hours---including waiting and interview times---for your onsite visit. The Phoenix office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday. Interviews must start by 3 p.m.

  • Participate in mediation if the EEOC offers this option to you and your employer. Your employer may not agree to mediation and the EEOC may try to reach a voluntary settlement with your employer. If a settlement cannot be reached, the EEOC's legal staff will decide if the EEOC will file a lawsuit against the employer regarding your complaint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Arizona law sets a limit of 300 days after the alleged discrimination in which to file complaints regarding race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and/or disability against employers with 15 or more employees. Complaints against employers with fewer than 15 employees must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. For age discrimination complaints, file within 300 days if the employer has 20 or more employees, or within 180 days if the employer has fewer than 20 employees.

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