Q & A Session – Requesting Documentation in EEO 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.


I am representing my mother in an EEO complaint. As her representative, can I request copies of the documentation she submitted to her supervisor regarding her medical leave?


Your mother is entitled to information the government maintains in a file with her name on it. She can designate you as her representative to receive that information. It is unclear to me that you have received that status as her representative. If you are entitled to Privacy Act information and it is denied, you can file your own Privacy Act lawsuit or you can get something from the EEOC Administrative Judge.

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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