Hello and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question. I am very sorry to hear about your EEOC struggles.
With the conclusion of your EEOC claim, the EEOC should have issued what is commonly referred to as a "right to sue" letter. That letter provides you with the ability to take your next step, which is to initiate a lawsuit in civil court.
Take some comfort in knowing that most EEOC claimants are issued right to sue letters and must pursue their claims in civil court. The EEOC only prosecutes cases to judgment in a small fraction of instances, so this is far from the end of the road--really it's just the beginning.
What you now need to do is find an attorney to assist you on a contingency fee basis and sue in civil court. If you don't know, a contingency fee arrangement is one in which the attorney receives a portion of the client's settlement or award as his payment, typically 1/3 of the total amount. If there is no recovery, the attorney does not get paid. The client never pays until the settlement or award is obtained (except perhaps to cover the filing costs for his claim). This is a great way for low income litigants to be able to afford access to the civil justice system.
With your attorney, you will file a lawsuit, and either leverage a settlement of your claims or try the case before a jury to determine liability and damages. To locate an employment law attorney who can assist you in taking these steps, a tremendous resource is the California Employment Lawyers Association. See here to locate a CELA member: http://www.cela.org/?page=4
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