When the EEOC has wrapped up its investigation of a discrimination charge and decides not to pursue litigation, it sends the charging party a charge closing document, colloquially known as a right to sue letter. Once the charging party receives the letter, he or she has 180 days in which to pursue civil litigation.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the EEOC announced that it was suspending issuing right to sue letters, in effect pausing the litigation clock. However, earlier this week, the Commission announced
that it would now resume sending charging parties these charge closure documents.