Q & A Session – Training Program Denial


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.


I recently applied to a training program offered through OPM. I was not selected and the person that was has less experience and a lower GS level than me. Can I contest this decision?


The denial of training that could lead to promotion opportunities may be the subject of an EEO complaint. You have cited age and gender disparities as possible motivations. Remember, that you have the burden of proof in an EEO case and a 48-day time limit to start the process.

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

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