GETTING UNCLE SAM TO ENFORCE YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS
HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT
Your complaint should be in writing, preferably typed or printed neatly, dated, signed, and should include the following information:
your address, and your home and work telephone numbers;
the name(s) and address(es) of the person(s) and/or establishment you believe to have discriminated against you;
a description of the act(s) of discrimination. This should include the date and place of the action(s), and what you believe to be the basis for discrimination (race, sex, etc.); and
the name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of any person(s) with information concerning your complaint.
When your complaint is investigated, you may be asked to provide copies of receipts, contracts, or other records supporting your claim of discrimination. Any materials that you would want returned should not be sent with your initial complaint.
Generally, most government agencies require that complaints be postmarked within 180 days of the discriminatory action. You should, however, inquire about specific deadlines that may apply to your case. Depending on your type of case or your status, you may be required to file your complaint earlier.