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EEOC to Only Accept Bias Charges Over Phone as Virus Precaution

March 13, 2020, 9:25 PM

Workers looking to file initial discrimination claims against their employers will soon have to pick up the phone, rather than speak with an EEOC employee in person, as the agency adapts its processes to the spread of the new coronavirus.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has already “limited face-to-face interactions with the public,” an EEOC spokesperson told Bloomberg Law. But next week the agency will begin processing worker bias charges exclusively over the phone at all 53 field offices across the country.

“We believe that this solution allows us to keep our staff and the public safe while still ensuring...

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