Q & A Session – Remedies for False Allegations of Discrimination


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.


False allegations of discrimination have been made against me by an employee I supervise. She made the allegations prior to mid-year evaluations – which I provide as the rating official.

What are my remedies? Can I sue her? Who do I complain to?


Your remedies are limited. Please see my Ask the Lawyer column EEO Complaints Rough on Managers, but Being Part of Process Helps. You are best advised to purchase professional liability insurance for future claims. I also suggest you join a management association such as the Federal Managers Association or the Senior Executives Association (if you are SES or on an SES track). These groups deal constantly with concerns such as the one you raise.

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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