Discrimination - Equal Employment Opportunity
Any employee, former employee, or applicant for employment who believes he or she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, and/or reprisal in an employment matter may file an individual complaint of discrimination. The complaint may also be filed for the complainant, by a representative designated in writing by the complainant.
Before a formal complaint can be filed, an individual must first present the matter to an EEO Counselor for inquiry within 45 calendar days from the date of the alleged discriminatory event, or the effective date of a personnel action, or the date that the aggrieved person becomes aware or reasonably should have become aware of the discriminatory event or personnel action. The complainant may also request mediation which will extend the counseling stage to 90 days. If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved by the EEO Counselor within 30 calendar days, a formal complaint may be filed within 15 calendar days after receipt of the notice of final interview with the EEO Counselor.