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Overview and Administrative Prerequisites to Suit

Learn about the different types of Title VII lawsuits as well as the EEOC’s charging process, which is a prerequisite to most Title VII lawsuits.


A buyer worked at an office-supply company, where he reported to the office manager. The buyer was Black and the manager was a White woman. Over several months, the manager made a series of racist comments to the buyer and left racist literature on his desk. When the buyer applied for a promotion, the manager passed him over in favor of a much less qualified White employee. The buyer learned that other Black employees had experienced similar racist treatment from the manager.

The buyer...