If your employer has discriminated against you in Delaware, you should speak with an employment lawyer who can help you submit a persuasive claim. Because there is not an EEOC office located in Delaware, you have to file your claim at the Philadelphia District Office.
Since we are still dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, the EEOC has shut down every one of its offices. To interact with a representative from the Philadelphia EEOC office, you need to schedule a phone interview.
The EEOC encourages Delaware workers to visit the agency’s public portal to schedule a telephone interview. If you scheduled an in-person interview at the Philadelphia District Office, you need to confirm that your in-person appointment has changed to a phone interview. Claimants that are running out of time to meet the deadline need to call 1-800-669-4000.
What Does the EEOC Do?
Before your phone interview with a representative from the Philadelphia EEOC office, you should meet with your attorney to get a better understanding of the EEOC. Created to combat discrimination in the workplace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces every federal anti-discrimination statute.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws discrimination based on one or more of several factors. Employers that have more than 15 workers on payroll must follow federal anti-discrimination laws.
How many days do you have to contact the EEOC office? The EEOC gives workers 180 calendar days to file a claim against their employers for discrimination in the workplace. If Delaware prohibits the same types of workplace discrimination that is covered by federal law, then workers have 300 days to file a discrimination claim with the EEOC. The deadline rules differ for cases that involve age discrimination.
How Do I Contact EEOC?
Philadelphia District Office
801 Market Street, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3126
Office Hours: M-F 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Director: Jamie Williamson
Regional Attorney: Debra Lawrence
Delaware Employment Laws
According to the Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act, employers cannot discriminate against workers for one or more of the following reasons:
- Gender identity
- National origin
- Marital status
- Genetic information
Age discrimination cases cover workers that are 40 years and older. Delaware’s discrimination laws cover employers that have at least four employees on the payroll, as well as labor unions and employment agencies.
On New Year’s Day 2019, Delaware added a new discrimination law that prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace. According to the Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act (DDEA), employers must also provide interactive training to educate employees about different types of sexual harassment. DDEA emphasizes the importance of the strategies used by employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.
Delaware has just a few laws that cover wages and work hours. The state does not have a statute that addresses the practice called wage theft. Victims of wage theft, such as having money withheld from their paychecks, should speak with a Delaware employment lawyer.
Get Legal Support to Fight Back Against Discrimination
Not only can you file a discrimination claim against your employer with the EEOC, but you have the right to a file discrimination claim at the state level. Working with an experienced employment attorney can help you submit the proper paperwork for both types of filings.
Your lawyer can monitor your claim to ensure it receives attention from the EEOC in a timely manner. Since a telephone interview is the only way to interact with an EEOC representative, your attorney can help you prepare for the interview. Complete the Free Case Evaluation on this page to get connected with a participating, independent attorney who subscribes to our website.