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Right now you have to wait. The EEOC is going to take some time investigating the matter and issuing their report. Until they do that, you can't do anything else. You have to have that EEOC report and "right to sue" letter to file a suit in federal court, so you can't take any further legal steps before that is done.
You can certainly begin contacting attorneys and talking to them about your case, to see if any would be interested. However, the problem with that is that most attorneys want to see your EEOC report before they get involved, meaning that you'll only get the interest of the most desperate or new attorneys in the Employment law area. Most want that report before they commit to a case.
So, at this point, you need to wait. I wouldn't initiate a search for an attorney until the EEOC tells you that they are considering setting up a mediation for you. While you don't NEED an attorney for that, it's not a bad idea to have one there.
Regrettably, the EEOC process and the legal process is slow. So, while 4 weeks is a long time to wait for something, it's almost no time at all in comparison to the normal length of this process. You're looking at months, maybe half a year or more, before they complete their investigation. Then another year for federal court actions.
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