Q & A Session – Civil Suits against Federal Employees


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.


Is it possible to file a civil suit against a supervisor for discrimination, falsification of federal documents against a federal employee, defamation of character, unequal opportunities to advance similar to non-ethnic employees?

The EEO process has already started against her supervisor for not acting to correct the situation. I am considering filing against my boss in civil court, separate of the EEO action. Is this possible?


No. Supervisors (and all federal employees) are immune from civil suits for acts they perform within the scope of their employment. Your remedy is with the EEO process.


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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