When you receive a complaint about discrimination in the hiring process, you may worry about what is to come. 

Learning about the way officials handle claims can help you prepare a defense. 

Legal process 

According to FindLaw, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, also known as EEOC, is a government agency. It enforces a set of laws that helps protect workers from discrimination in the workplace, based on factors such as age, sex, color, or religion. Typically, filing charges against a company with this agency is the first step for employees that have faced harassment. 

Once the employee files his or her complaints, the EEOC will review the details and determine if the case is strong enough to file a lawsuit. From there, the officials collect information to build a case in court. 

Mediation 

However, not all cases require this process. In most cases, someone will notify you of the employee’s claims and may need to go to mediation on behalf of a specific issue. Mediation typically is a conflict resolution method that involves a third party. The EEOC may even eventually dismiss a charge if there is no significant evidence of his or her claims. 

Retaliation   

As an employer, you should be aware of what steps occur in this process. The affected person could be an employee or an ex-employee who was recently fired or quit. 

In the circumstance that he or she is still working at the company, you should take care to not retaliate. Retaliation involves unequal treatment for certain employees, such singling the employee in question out and acting disrespectfully towards him or her. This action is also condemned by the EEOC.