How long do I have to file a sexual harassment claim?
Employees seeking to file a sexual harassment claim are required to follow important time limits, known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for filing a complaint with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is three years from the date of the last incident of sexual harassment.
When you file a complaint with the DFEH, you can either ask the department to investigate the claim or request a right to sue letter. Once you receive the letter, you have one year to file a sexual harassment lawsuit with the California Superior Court.
You may also file a claim with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In most cases, the time limit for doing so is 180 days from the date of the most recent incident of sexual harassment. However, in California, the EEOC time limit is extended to 300 days.
Failing to meet DFEH or EEOC deadlines can mean you lose your right to file a sexual harassment lawsuit. For assistance with the legal process, speak to an experienced employment law attorney at Erlich Law Firm.
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