The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is protects and enforces civil rights of employees in the work place. The EEOC ensures that employees are not discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 and older) and disability. The EEOC also ensures protection against retaliation if you have participated in the EEO complaint process, whether it be filing a complaint or opposing employment discrimination.
If you are a federal employee or job applicant, and you believe that you have suffered discrimination by a federal employer, you have the right to file a complaint with the agency’s EEO Office. Deadlines are crucial in the EEOC process. For example, an employee has forty-five (45) days to make EEO contact with an EEO counselor in order for the issue to be considered timely. This forty-five (45) day period begins once one of the following events occurs: an alleged discriminatory action; the effective date of an alleged discriminatory personnel action; or an employee becomes aware of the alleged discriminatory practice. Once you have made initial EEO contact with an EEO counselor, the informal complaint phase begins.
Pursuing your rights through the EEOC process can be complex and confusing. For more information, please contact our office so that we may discuss further the details of your case, how to proceed, and what your best options are to protect yourself and your rights.