Established in 1993, Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns LLP is a national employment litigation firm that handles discrimination complaints at state and federal agencies and in the courts. Our team has substantial experience in discrimination laws and processes. We advise our clients on preserving evidence and on taking the right steps to strengthen their claims. We determine the best jurisdiction for filing a discrimination claim and strategize the most effective approach.
Our lawyers encourage victims of discrimination to contact our office as soon as practicable to avoid missing the deadline for filing the complaint. Deadlines may vary between the state agencies and the EEOC.
EEOC Complaint Process
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hears complaints on the federal level. Upon reviewing the charge, the EEOC may encourage the parties to settle the claim through mediation. If mediation is not appropriate or does not resolve the issue, the EEOC assigns the claim to an investigator. At the conclusion of the investigation, the EEOC may attempt to facilitate a voluntary settlement, file a lawsuit against the employer or issue a Notice of Right to Sue, which allows our client to file a lawsuit in federal court.
Filing an Employment Discrimination Complaint in California
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) handles state level employment discrimination complaints. Upon accepting our client’s Pre-Complaint Inquiry, the DFEH conducts a full investigation. Parties are permitted to voluntarily enter DFEH-facilitated mediation before the agency issues its determination.
Filing an Employment Discrimination Complaint in Arizona
The Civil Rights Division of the Office of the Arizona Attorney General processes state discrimination complaints. The Arizona Attorney General has both administrative and enforcement functions, giving the agency authority to investigate the claim and process the complaint. The agency offers mediation services and may pursue employers in state court.
Filing an Employment Discrimination Complaint in Texas
The Texas Workforce Commission’s Civil Rights Division (TWC) is responsible for investigating discrimination complaints in the state and enforcing the Texas Labor Code. Upon submitting the claim, the TWC invites the parties to mediation. In some cases, we may recommend declining mediation, in which case the TWC assigns the claim to its investigator.
Learn More about Filing a Workplace Discrimination Claim
Learn more about pursuing a discrimination claim at the state and federal levels. Call Schneider Wallace to meet with our employment lawyers at our Houston, San Francisco or Scottsdale office. Our lawyers represent clients in complicated state and federal administrative proceedings and trials.