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May 22, 2024

Louise Ryder returns to the podcast to walk us through the critical steps in the formal EEO complaint process.

Louise shares her insight for crafting a compelling formal complaint, the strategic significance of naming witnesses, and what you can expect from the investigator's report. We’ll also cover how to handle objections, the advantages of a written response, and your options if the final agency decision is not in your favor.

The journey from the informal EEO complaint stage to the formal process necessitates filing a formal complaint within 15 days of receiving the notice of the right to file. This complaint must lay out specific claims, addressing each discriminatory act and claim in detail.

While using an attorney can help structure your formal complaint for agency acceptance, individuals filing pro se (without legal representation) need to ensure that their narrative is thorough and aligns chronologically, as judicial review commonly prefers this format. Louise emphasizes the importance of addressing every discrete act separately to provide clarity and comprehensiveness.

Throughout the investigation, it is essential to maintain proactive communication. Louise highlights the strategic value of including names of potential witnesses in correspondence, as it ensures their participation in the investigation and provides some measure of protection and inclination to truthful statements.

Being informed and prepared is vital for any federal sector worker facing discrimination or retaliation. Leveraging legal counsel, meticulously documenting your case, and understanding the procedural nuances will help empower you to advocate for yourself effectively.



(00:00) Receiving notice of right to file a formal complaint from the agency

(02:01) What information to include in your formal complaint

(10:14) Keeping the information in chronological order

(14:21) Advantages of having legal counsel

(23:08) Submitting a rebuttal to the investigation

(34:06) What to anticipate in attorney’s fees


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Listen to our podcast episode where Louise Ryder walks us through the informal EEO complaint process


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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be legal advice. This is for educational purposes only. If you are seeking legal advice, please talk to a lawyer.