Q & A Session – Acknowledgement Order


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 submitted my EEOC case and Report of Investigation for a hearing in June. The EEOC said they received it and have assigned it to an Administrative Judge but I still have not received an acknowledgement order. The EEOC also gave me a case number. I though the AJ has 20 days to submit the acknowledgement order to the complainant? What should I do next?


You may be confusing the EEOC with the Merit Systems Protection Board. The MSPB acts very quickly when an appeal is filed. The wait for an EEOC acknowledgement order after filing a hearing request is getting longer and longer. This is due at least in part to a shortage of judges and the lack of resources to hire more of them.

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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