Representatives of the EEOC and the Civil Rights Department (CRD), formerly known as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, may seek to expand their investigation beyond the scope of the actual complaint. Your unsuspecting response to a seemingly innocent question or request for information can turn a relatively small individual claim into a major class action. During an investigation, overzealous agency investigators may seek information that appears to go beyond the scope of matters alleged in the employee’s complaint. Though you may not want to appear uncooperative, contact legal counsel for advice on how to respond. Providing more information than the investigation requires risks expansion of the charge and greater company liability.

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