I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion.
The employer is generally notified of the complaint within a couple of weeks of you filing your formal complaint.
The EEOC will conduct an investigation and eventually make a determination as to whether your allegations are supported by the facts.
You may allow the EEOC to finish their investigation, or you may ask for a right to sue letter after 180 days and then go forward with a lawsuit of your own against the employer.
You are not obligated to tell the employer that you have filed the claim. However, as soon as they are on notice that you have filed a claim, they may not legally take any action to punish you for filing.
If you do not continue to work as scheduled, you may be terminated by the employer and not be eligible for unemployment
. However, if you choose to, you may terminate your employment at any time under the law.
Here is a link to the EEOC site which discusses some of the possible remedies you will have available to you:
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