The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has standardized its policies and procedures across all field offices so that employees can now receive copies of their company’s position statement regarding the charge at hand.

When a charge of discrimination is filed against a business, that entity has 30 days to submit what is called a position statement; in short, its side of the story. Effective this past Jan. 1, those papers are now available to employees who filed the original charge, but the employee must request a copy. The employee and representative then have 20 days after the company’s position statement is filed to submit their own response, if they so desire.

(If a company submits what it considers confidential information, those files will not be shared with the employee.)

The availability of the parent company’s position statement should also help the employee and his or her legal representative gauge how effective a lawsuit may be.

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