The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has implemented a new Online Charge Status System for use by charging parties and charge respondents. This new system is only available regarding charges filed on or after September 2, 2015. This online tool is not available for charges filed with state or local fair employment practices agencies.

Parties can access the system online here. The login requires entry of the applicable EEOC charge number and the charging party’s zip code number. The respondent employer’s zip code will not permit access. Once into the site, the system provides the current status of the charge, such as “investigation,” as well as contact information for the EEOC staff assigned to the charge. The system also sets forth the dates of pertinent steps taken regarding the charge, such as the filing date and the date the charge was assigned to an investigator.

Takeaway: The new EEOC online system allows parties to a recent discrimination charge to quickly access basic status information regarding the charge without having to contact the agency directly.