Discrimination Claims and the EOCC
Discrimination occurs when one is treated differently because of their
race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, physical or mental
disability, or age. For federal employees, all complaints of discrimination
must first be filed with the agency's Equal Employment Opportunity
(EEO) or Civil Rights office.
The process starts with an informal complaint of discrimination. You must
contact your EEO or Civil Rights office within 45 days of when the action
you are complaining about occurred. At the informal complaint stage, a
federal employee can either elect to participate in mediation (often referred
to as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ARD) or in EEO Counseling. The attorneys
at The Federal Practice Group can assist you with filing your informal
complaint, as well as deciding whether to elect mediation or EEO Counseling
and then represent you during either process.
If the case is unresolved at the informal stage, then the EEO Counselor
will issue you a Notice of Right to File a Formal Complaint of Discrimination.
You will then have 15 days to file the formal complaint. The attorneys
at The Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service can assist you with filing
your formal complaint to ensure it is accepted for investigation.
After you have filed a formal complaint of discrimination, the agency has
180 days to investigate your complaint. The attorneys at The Federal Practice
Group Worldwide Service can assist you during this investigative process
to ensure your complaint is fully and fairly investigated.
Once the investigation is complete, the agency will issue a Report of Investigation
(ROI) to you along with a Notice of Right to Request a Hearing before
the EEOC. You will have 30 days to request a hearing before the EEOC.
Once your complaint is before the EEOC, the attorneys at the Federal Practice
Group can represent you through every step of the process including discovery
and the hearing.
Representation for Claims Worldwide
As an employee who has been discriminated against, you may be entitled
to a certain amount of back pay, reinstatement or even promotion. The
legal team at the firm can help you deal with the complexities of filing
a complaint of discrimination. They are here to help you and to zealously
protect your rights under federal employment law.