DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT PROCESS: Who May File a Complaint?
A U.S. civilian employee, former employee or applicant for employment who believes he or she has been discriminated against in an employment matter may file complaints of discrimination on one or more bases. Click on each word for an explanation of the policies covering types of discrimination:
- Sexual Harassment (*Sexual harassment complaints against a uniformed service member or DOD civilian can also be addressed under Section 1561, of Title l0, U.S. Code)
- Age Discrimination Age (40 and over) (In lieu of the individual complaints process for age complaints, the complainant may serve the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with notice of intent to file a civil action and after 30 days proceed directly into Federal Court)
- Retaliation (Reprisal for previous EEO protected activities or opposition to an unlawful employment practice under 29 CFR 1614)
- Genetic Information (GINA)
Employees claiming discrimination based on sexual orientation may seek redress from the Merit Systems Protection Board; THE Office of Special Counsel; the Negotiated Grievance Procedures, if applicable or the Administration Grievance Procedure.
WHERE TO FILE A COMPLAINT
Complaints may be filed at USAG Italy EEO Office
USAG Vicenza, Bldg 300A
USAG EEO Office
Unit 31401, Box 30
APO AE 09630
or the Department of Army.
Director of Equal Employment Opportunity
Compliance & Complaints Review Agency (ATTN: SAMR-EO-CCR)
5825 21st Street, Building
214, Room 129
Fort Belvoir, VA
HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT
Individual and Class Action complaints must first be presented to an EEO Official within 45 calendar days from the date of the matter alleged to be discriminatory, or in the case of a personnel action, within 45 calendar days of its effective date. Individuals may choose between participation in an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process or traditional counseling. If ADR (Mediation) is elected, arrangements will be made to mediate the dispute. If traditional counseling is elected, an EEO Counselor will be assigned and will attempt to resolve the complaint during the pre-complaint process.