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August 4, 2020

EEOC Right to Sue Notices

On August 3, 2020, the EEOC announced that it would begin sending so-called “right-to-sue” notices again after suspending that activity on March 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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[08/04/2020 Update] On August 3, 2020, the EEOC announced that it would begin sending so-called “right-to-sue” notices again after suspending that activity on March 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement is available on the EEOC’s website at https://www.eeoc.gov/newsroom/eeoc-continues-serve-public-during-covid-19-crisis#:~:text=At%20the%20end%20of%20an,be%20changed%20by%20the%20EEOC.

For more information about workers’ rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit MSE’s Coronavirus Information Page at https://www.mselaborlaw.com/resources/coronavirus-information.

[04/08/2020 Original] On April 7, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) confirmed in a statement that, effective March 21, 2020, it took an important step in protecting workers’ rights during the COVID-19 pandemic by suspending the issuance of “right-to-sue” letters. An employee has only 90 days to file a lawsuit after receiving a “right-to-sue” notice from the EEOC, and the deadline typically cannot be extended.

As an EEOC spokesperson explained, by suspending the issuance of these notices employees no longer have “to choose between jeopardizing their safety and protecting their rights.” Such a move is particularly important during this pandemic, as reports of workplace discrimination related to COVID-19 are on the rise and widespread. See “EEOC Gives Workers Reprieve From Lawsuit Deadlines Due to Virus,” available at https://lnkd.in/gVp4qFy.

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