Aggrieved Person's Rights and Responsibilities
The FSIS informal complaint process covers individual complaints of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age (40 years and over), mental or physical disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, familial status, protected genetic information, or for reprisal because of prior EEO activity. The informal complaint process also addresses class complaints of discrimination, however these protected bases are limited to those covered by law (e.g. race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, and disability).
Aggrieved Persons have the following rights and responsibilities:
- Written notice within 30 calendar days from initial contact to the EEO counselor terminating the counseling if the concerns have not been resolved. Extensions are permitted with mutual consent.
- Anonymity in the counseling stage unless waived.
- Representation of their choosing throughout the complaint process.
- Filing a formal complaint within specified timeframes at the conclusion of counseling.
- Hearing before an Administrative Judge of EEOC.
- Filing a complaint in Federal District Court.
- Keeping the agency informed of current mailing addresses and representation.