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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – Notification of EEOC Complaint

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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:

When personnel receives a notice from EEOC notifying them an EEOC complaint has been lodged against a supervisor or employee, is it recommended to make the supervisor aware of the pending complaint? Or should we just wait until the investigative process leads to the supervisor?

A:

EEOC does not notify agencies about EEO complaints. That usually comes from the agency’s EEO office. Most agency EEO offices will tell a supervisor who is accused of discrimination about the complaint early on in the process.

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

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