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How long should an agency investigation take?

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Q. A discrimination charge was filed against my company almost two years ago. We responded to the charge and provided the requested information. We haven’t heard anything for more than 18 months. My boss is worried and wants the process over with. Should I try to find out what’s going on, or just leave it alone?

A. Long delays are common in enforcement agencies. They can happen for many reasons, and usually signify nothing about the agency’s view of the merits of the charge.

If you ask about the charge, your inquiry isn’t going to change the agency’s ultimate determination. At most, it might cause a supervisor to realize that the charge is languishing.

Even that isn’t a certainty, however. Sooner or later, somebody will do something with the charge, whether you inquire about it or not.

If it really matters to your boss, you can try to get the agency to move things along, but it’s also fine to let it be.

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