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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – EEO Reprisal

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.

Q:

What is it called when a federal manager tries to stop an employee’s attempt to file an EEO complaint? How serious is this type of violation?

A:

Trying to stop any employee from exercising EEO rights is reprisal, plain and simple. It’s a very serious violation and often easier to prove than the other types of discrimination.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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  1. Junie Says:
    September 15th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    An Assistant Manager has two EEO complaints against her in a Federal Agency and yet, she continues to harass, humuliate and try to intimidate. Can something/anything be done?

  2. Lynne Says:
    May 1st, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I am a GS-9 and was denied a promotion because I do not preform a function that is not specifically listed in my Position Description but that I have been told is “understood” to be a requirement.

    In the course of my supervisors discussion with her manager it was also discussed that another employee had disclosed that I said something about not liking my job, and being upset about my duties (something that I flat out did not say).

    So my question is in 2 parts; can I be denied a promotion for not performing a duty or job that is not listed specifically in my position description and secondly, can I file an EEO complaint that the false statement that my co-worker said about me was a partial reason as to why I did not get promoted?