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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session: Rights When Suspect Favoritism

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Q:

What are my rights if I suspect favoritism in the hiring process?

A:

You could file a complaint with either the agency’s inspector general or the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) if it involves prohibited personnel practices. For instance, OSC investigates prohibited personnel practices, including allegations that an agency official: requested or considered a recommendation based on political connections or influence; obstructed anyone from competing for employment; influenced anyone to withdraw from competition in order to improve or injure the employment prospects of any person; gave an unauthorized advantage in order to improve or injure the employment prospects of any person; engaged in nepotism. Visit osc.gov for more information on filing a complaint.

This response is written by Maria N. Coleman, supervisory attorney of Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., a federal employment law firm.

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