Law Office Of Michael G. O’Neill, The Types of Cases We Handle
Do Not File A Charge Of Discrimination With A State or Federal Agency
There are two reasons and they are simple to explain.        

First, you have to sign and swear to the charge under oath.   This creates a sworn statement by you about your case.   You should never do such a thing without the assistance of a lawyer.   You can bet your last dollar that the company would not let the supervisor who fired you wander down to the EEOC all by himself and give a sworn statement about his role in your firing.   No way, that supervisor is kept quiet and anything he has to say is said through the company lawyers.    

Second, if you file a charge with the New York State, New York City or any other local human rights agency, you GIVE UP important legal rights.   In a word, DON'T DO IT!   I cannot tell you how many times people have come to me who had perfectly good discrimination claims, but they filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights, which subsequently rejected their claim.   That killed their case.

If you have already filed an agency charge, I urge you to consult with a qualified lawyer asap.

If the agency has not acted on your charge, it may be possible to reverse things.

Back to Common Problems Facing Employees