Filing an EEO Complaint of Discrimination for Applicants
The Office of Civil Rights has established the National Intake Unit for current and former employees and applicants who wish to initiate the EEO Pre-Complaint process. To initiate the process, you may fill out the Pre-Complaint of Discrimination form, send an email to ACR Complaint Services, or call 1 (888) WK-IT-OUT (1 (888) 954-8688) or 1 (800) 877-8339 (TTY relay service). The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday except for holidays. If you need to contact us during non-operational hours, please leave a voicemail and a counselor will return your call within the next business day.
The Office of Civil Rights has established a formal mediation program to resolve allegations of workplace discrimination and/or harassment raised through the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) pre-complaint process.
The objective of this program is to resolve allegations early and at the lowest possible level. Early resolution benefits the agency by creating a more hospitable workplace for all. Other benefits for the agency include reduction of the significant costs associated with processing complaints.
The first step in initiating the EEO complaint process is for the aggrieved person to contact an EEO Counselor. In accordance with 29 CFR 1614, contact with an EEO counselor must be made within 45 days of the alleged act of discrimination or harassment or the effective date of a personnel action. During the initial interview the counselor will let the employee know that they have the option of mediation or counseling as appropriate. The mediation process is voluntary for both parties.
No FEAR Act
Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Retaliation Act of 2002
No FEAR Act Regulations Federal Register Notices (EEOC)
- August 2, 2006 (Final Rule)
- EEOC's Government-wide statistics
- Government Printing Office's text of the actual law
- Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (PDF)