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How-To: Request a Substantial Weight Review

Background: The FCHR closed your dual-filed discrimination complaint
Problem: You have not yet gained access to the federal court system
Solution: You request a "Substantial Weight Review" from the EEOC

I. Legal Citations

29 CFR 1601.76 | Right of a Party to Request Review
"The Commission shall notify the parties whose cases are to be processed by the designated, certified FEP agency of their right, if aggrieved by the agency's final action, to request review by the Commission within 15 days of that action." 29 CFR 1601.21 | Reasonable Cause Determination: Procedure and Authority
"(e)(2) "Substantial Weight" shall mean that such full and careful consideration shall be accorded to final findings and orders, as defined above, as is appropriate in light of the facts supporting them when they meet all of the prerequisites set forth below:
(i) The proceedings were fair and regular; and... "

II. Samples

# PDF Comments
1TBD case. Pro Se Filing. 3 Page Request. Administrative Dismissal. Excluded a Claim.
2Pro Se Filing. Cover Letter only
3Pro Se Filing. Cover Letter. Attached Final Order.
4Attorney Filing. Final Order
5Attorney Filing. Excluded a Claim.

III. Templates

# Word Comments
1Replace all of the placeholder tags with real information (eg "[plfName]" becomes "John Doe").

IV. Quick Commentary

  • Crucial Note: File this document before the deadline!
  • Procedural Note #1: The EEOC has a ministerial duty to review your case
    This is key, because if they delay/refuse then you can request a Writ of Mandamus to obtain compliance.
    Which should ultimately lead to you receiving the requested material.
  • Procedural Note #2: Upon completing its duty, the EEOC will issue you a Right to Sue letter
  • Please download as many sample documents as you'd like
  • Feel free to use the template (see Part III - above) to help draft your 'Request for Substantial Weight Review'
  • Save the final version as a PDF file.
  • Mail the final version to your local EEOC District Office

VI. Conclusion

With the use of the template (as well as the samples above), you can more easily write your Request for a Substantial Weight Review.

Congratulations! You're now booked up on how to write a Request for a Substantial Weight Review!

Please get the justice you deserve.


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