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Columbus, Ohio Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Attorney


The United State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency charged with enforcing federal laws that prohibit discrimination against an employee or potential employee based on protected characteristics. EEOC also ensures that employees are not fired or demoted if or when they bring claims of discrimination to an employer’s attention. Many of the protected characteristics are the same characteristics that are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These characteristics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Age (people over 40 years old)
  • Race or color
  • National origin
  • Gender or sexual orientation
  • Pregnancy
  • Disability
  • Religion

When it comes to employees’ rights in the workplace, it’s important to remember that retaliation against an employee is prohibited. This means that if an employee brings claims of discrimination to human resources personnel, files charges for discrimination, or participates in an investigation into claims against a company for discrimination, they cannot be discriminated against, terminated, or demoted from their position.

If you believe that you were discriminated against based on your race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics, you may have a case that the EEOC can investigate. Depending on the scope, severity of discrimination, and the evidence provided, the EEOC may be able to file a lawsuit against the company that discriminated against you.

When to Hire an EEOC Attorney

It is important that when you believe you have been discriminated against in the hiring process of a position, or during your employment at a company, that you consult with an EEOC lawyer to discuss your steps. A legal counsel will be able to help you file a complaint with the EEOC and assist you in gathering the evidence and testimonies necessary to make a comprehensive complaint.

When you file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, you may be offered the chance to attend mediation. If this occurs, it becomes even more crucial to have an EEOC lawyer with you. They will be able to represent you and your interests during mediation to help you avoid legal mishaps or be taken advantage of. The employer will most likely also have an attorney with them, so you do not want to be without representation.

If mediation does not resolve the claims of discrimination against the employer, then a lawsuit and an investigation can continue. With the help of an EEOC attorney, this process is much less complicated. You can rest assured that your attorney will be able to guide you through the legal proceedings. It is important that mistakes are not made, as whatever claims and evidence you bring forward to the EEOC against your employer cannot be taken back. This is one of the many reasons why it is imperative to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney by your side during an EEOC investigation.

Contact Our EEOC Attorneys

If you or someone you know needs assistance with discrimination in the hiring process or during employment with a company, contact Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP. Our attorneys can assist you and sort the specifics of your case.

Call us today at 614-221-4221 for a Free Consultation or email us at