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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session: Contractor Creating Hostile Work Environment

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Q:

What do you do when a contractor creates a hostile work environment for a federal employee? Should the federal employee file a complaint with the contractor’s company?

A:

As a federal employee, it is the federal government which has an obligation to keep you free from a hostile work environment. If you wish to file a complaint, you should file any complaint you have with your agency’s EEO office. The contractor’s company also may take action on its own, for example by distinguishing your complaint and subsequently  transferring or firing the employee.

This response is written by Michael S. Causey, associate attorney of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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