Handling EEOC Complaints
The chart below details the process for filing complaints of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or reprisal. The complaint may arise from a specific personnel action, such as employment, promotion, work assignment, selection for training, disciplinary action, or separation, or it may relate to prevailing conditions in an organization.
A complaint of discrimination may be filed by any employee or group of employees. The aggrieved individual has the right to be represented at all stages of the process.
If you feel that you have been discriminated against, get all the facts on the matter to make sure there has been no misunderstanding. Feel free to speak with your supervisor, administrative officer or personnel representative first.
If you are still dissatisfied and wish to utilize the EEOC complaint system, you must bring the matter to the attention of an EEO counselor within 45 calendar days of the occurrence of the alleged discriminatory act or effective date of the personnel action alleged to be discriminatory.
The EEOC counselor will listen to your problem, and advise you of your rights under the EEO complaint system. The counselor will make inquiry into the matter, if you wish, by discussing the problem with your supervisor, associates, personnel representative, etc. and will attempt to resolve the problem informally, acting always with your approval.