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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.