How to File an Employment Discrimination Complaint

Fact Sheet
Updated: 9 months ago
Employment

If Your Employment Rights Are Violated

If you believe your employment rights have been violated you can either call the Disability Law Center, file a complaint with the Utah AntiDiscrimination and Labor Division (UALD), or file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (EEOC).

The Utah Anti-Discrimination and Labor Division (UALD)

The UALD has the authority to enforce the laws that protect employees from discriminatory actions. The UALD receives, mediates (for early resolution), investigates, and resolves charges of employment discrimination. The UALD also acts as a resource to employees and employers, conducts seminars, and provides education and outreach to employers and employees in order to make them aware of conditions that lead to employment discrimination.

To file a complaint with UALD:

  1. You must contact UALD and obtain their paperwork.
  2. Your employer must have more than 15 employees.
  3. You must file your charge of employment discrimination with 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act.
  4. If more than 180 days have passed since the alleged discriminatory act, but less than 300 days have passed, your UALD charge will be sent to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for consideration. The EEOC is essentially the same as the UALD, only on the federal level.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 146630 Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Street Address 160 East 300 South, 3rd Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Website
Telephone:
(801) 530-6801
(801) 530-7685 TTD
(801) 530-7609 FAX

If you file a UALD complaint prepare the following information:

  1. A written statement of what happened, in chronological order; 
  2. Names and contact information of people who were treated MORE favorably and who do/did the same kind of work;
  3. Records of the reasonable accommodation(s) requested, including what reasonable accommodation(s) were requested, when they were requested [date/times], and of whom they were requested);
  4. Records of the employer’s response to the request for reasonable accommodation(s);
  5. Copies of all relevant documents, and;
  6. Contact information for all witnesses and whatever information they can provide.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ( is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant, or an employee, because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in cases of age discrimination). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered. The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits. To file an employment discrimination charge with the EEOC, you must file your charge within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory act.

You can file a charge with the EEOC by sending a letter that includes the following information:

  • Your name, address, and phone number 
  • The name, address, and phone number of the employer (or employment agency, or union) you want to file a charge against
  • The number of employees employed there
  • A short description of the events you believe were discriminatory (for example, you were fired, demoted, or harassed)
  • When the events took place
  • Why you believe you were discriminated against (race, color, religion, sex [including pregnancy], national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information)
  • Your signature (the EEOC cannot investigate without this)

Your letter will be reviewed and if more information is needed, you may be contacted or sent a follow-up questionnaire. Occasionally, the DLC will gather all your information on an official EEOC charge form and ask you to sign it.

Send your letter to the following EEOC regional office:

Phoenix District Office
3300 North Central Avenue, Suite 690
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2504
(800) 669-4000
(602) 640-5071 FAX
(800) 669-6820 TTY

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