You do not need an attorney until the EEOC sends you a right to sue letter. Once you receive a right to sue letter, you have only 90 days from the receipt of the letter to file suit and at that point you would need an attorney. Most attorneys will shy away from entertaining cases of discrimination without a retainer of at least $2500 before a person has a right to sue letter specifying that probable cause was found.
The EEOC is very busy, so you must stay on top of them and stay in contact with your investigator (and even make sure one is assigned you sometimes) so that your case does not fall through their cracks.
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