A letter issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (www.practicallaw.com/4-501-5853) to complainants who have filed charges alleging employment discrimination, harassment or retaliation that authorizes the complainant to proceed with a lawsuit in court.
Right-to-sue letters may be issued regardless of whether the EEOC finds reasonable cause to believe the violation occurred. Claimants have 90 days from receipt of the right-to-sue letter to file a claim in court. Claimants who want to proceed to court before the EEOC has completed its investigation may request a right-to-sue letter after the EEOC has had at least 180 days to investigate the allegations.
For more information, see Practice Notes, Responding to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Charges (www.practicallaw.com/9-503-3939) and Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies and Statutes of Limitations under Employment Discrimination Laws (www.practicallaw.com/9-521-7561).