Q & A Session – Retaliation Complaint


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.


After I submitted allegations of EEO discrimination and an informal investigation was completed, I was transferred to another agency for being disruptive and causing lack of productivity. That’s something I have never done. Can I hold the agency and it’s leadership accountable for not taking any action against my supervisor and transferring me?


The EEO system will adjudicate your complaint. You also may file a retaliation complaint for your reassignment. The process is slow and imperfect, but it’s pretty much your most effective remedy and it may be your only remedy.

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

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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