Federal law protects all employees from being discriminated against on a number of grounds. Discrimination can result in termination, passing one over for a promotion, giving one undesirable hours, denying a vacation request, or unfairly treating a person differently from their peers in some other way. It is the job of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to enforce federal laws prohibiting such behavior; if a federal employee feels that he or she has been the subject of discrimination then he or she may file a formal complaint. The job of the EEOC is to protect federal employees and to provide them with fair treatment. However, many employees who file a complaint fear that they will be retaliated against or will do additional harm to their careers. The federal employment lawyers at Obiorah Fields, LLC understand your concern and are dedicated to protecting your career as well as your rights. Contact our attorneys today for a consultation.
Atlanta based labor attorneys assisting federal employees with the equal employment opportunity complaint process
Federal employees must go through a formal process when they believe they have been discriminated against. The first step is to contact an equal employment opportunity (EEO) counselor within forty-five days of the time at which the discriminatory act occurred. The counselor will conduct a mediation between the relevant parties. If the parties do not reach an agreement through mediation then it is up to the employee to file a formal complaint with the agency’s EEO office. The agency then has 180 days to complete a formal investigation into your claim and issue a decision. If the agency finds that no discrimination occurred then one has the option of requesting a hearing in front of an EEOC administrative Judge. The Judge will then make a non-binding decision, ordering relief, if he or she finds that discrimination occurred. The federal agency then has forty days to issue its own final order. The employer, however, is not required to issue an order that is consistent with the findings of the EEOC Judge. If you disagree with your agency’s final order you may either appeal to the EEOC or file a civil action in Federal District Court. This can be a complicated process and it is important that you hire counsel familiar with each step.
Our Atlanta based employment attorneys help those who have been the victim of varying types of discrimination by a federal employer. Those we assist include workers who have experienced:
Once retained, we will immediately file a Designation of Representative. This informs all relevant parties that they are to deal directly with our office. If your case is in the investigative stage then we will immediately contact and deal with the investigator. If litigation has commenced, then we will work quickly to disclose all proof of discrimination. This proof can include emails, correspondence, text messages, and other surrounding circumstances. We will aggressively protect your interests from the time of your initial complaint through trial if necessary. Our lawyers are ready to assist you.
Lawyers representing federal employees throughout the United States in filing appeals with the EEOC
Discrimination in the workplace is illegal; unfortunately, many employees avoid filing a complaint or are intimidated into not filing by the fact that the process can be complex and intimidating. The lawyers at Obiorah Fields, LLC understand how overwhelming the EEO complaint process is and are with employees every step of the way. We ensure that all deadlines are met, and will explain all available options to you at the conclusion of each step in the process. We are willing to take a valid complaint as far as necessary in order to obtain justice for our clients. We focus on this area of the law so you may focus on your future.