New Application Allows Attorneys to File Charges of Discrimination Electronically
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today the launch of E-File for Attorneys, an application which allows attorneys to submit charges of discrimination electronically on behalf of their clients. Attorneys representing charging parties will now be able to immediately upload a charge already signed by their client or create a charge their client can sign and submit through the EEOC Public Portal.

Workers and job applicants do not need an attorney to file a charge of discrimination. Access to EEOC services remains free and open to all through the EEOC Public Portal.

“E-file for Attorneys will create efficiencies allowing our staff to better assist all workers and job applicants who come to the EEOC for help, including those who do not have an attorney,” said EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows. “We listened to requests from attorneys that we provide them with a streamlined process to submit charges of discrimination on behalf of their clients and found a solution that would also enable the EEOC to better serve the public.”

The EEOC estimates that about a third of the charges it receives come from attorneys filing on behalf of their clients. Attorneys submitted these charges by mail, fax, and hand-delivery, and the EEOC processed them manually, resulting in duplication of work for the agency, attorneys, and represented charging parties.

With this digital solution, the EEOC expects to free up resources significantly to better serve individuals who are unrepresented and want to file charges of discrimination. The E-file for Attorneys application will help strengthen the capacity of the agency in alignment with its recent strategic plan.

To use E-File for Attorneys (, attorneys must create or use an existing account. Attorneys will not be able to file amended charges through the application. Once attorneys submit a charge, they will be able to access it through the Public Portal. The application does not permit an attorney to file a charge without disclosing a client’s identity.

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