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Filing a Formal Complaint

Filing a Formal Complaint

If you decide to file a discrimination complaint, you must do so within 15 days from the day you received notice from your EEO Counselor about how to file a complaint. This notice is sent to you after your final interview with the EEO Counselor. You must file your complaint at the same EEO Office where you received counseling. The 15-day deadline for filing a complaint is calculated in calendar days starting the day after you receive the notice. If the 15th calendar day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or federal holiday, then the last day of the deadline is the next business day. The agency is required to give you a reasonable amount of time during work hours to prepare the complaint. If you feel that you have not been given a reasonable amount of time, contact the agency's EEO Director or EEOC's Office of Federal Operations.

What to Include in the Formal Complaint

Your discrimination complaint must contain the following:

Your name, address, and telephone number; A short description of the events that you believe were discriminatory (for example, you were terminated, demoted, harassed); Why you believe you were discriminated against (for example, because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information or retaliation); A short description of any injury you suffered; and Your sig rhhrnpuv. moncler milano outlet addressnature (or your lawyer's signature). Once Formal Complaint is filed

After your complaint is filed, the agency will send you a letter letting you know it received your complaint. The agency will also review the complaint and decide whether your case should be dismissed for a procedural reason (for example, your claim was filed too late). If the agency doesn't dismiss your complaint, it will investigate it. If the agency does dismiss your complaint, you will receive information about how to appeal the dismissal. Should the agency dismiss your complaint without an investigation, you have 30 days from the day you receive the agency's dismissal to appeal.

In some cases, an agency will dismiss only part of the complaint and continue processing the rest. In this situation, you must wait until the agency issues its final order on all the claims in your complaint before appealing the partial dismissal.

Investigation of Complaint

The agency has 180 days from the day you filed your complaint to finish its investigation. The investigation may be extended by another 180 days if new events are added to your complaint or if you file new complaints that must be added to your original complaint for investigation. You also have the right to agree to an extension of up to 90 days.

When the investigation is finished, the agency will give you two choices: either request a hearing before an EEOC Administrative Judge or ask the agency to issue a decision as to whether discrimination occurred.

If more than 180 days pass and the agency has not yet finished its investigation, you can wait for the agency to complete its investigation, ask for a hearing, or file a lawsuit in federal district court. Once you ask for a hearing, the complaint will be handled by an EEOC Administrative Judge.

The Role of the Agency Investigator

The role of the agency investigator is to gather information related to your complaint. Agency investigators do not decide your case. Instead, they are responsible for gathering the evidence needed to decide whether you were discriminated against.

Reaching a Voluntary Settlement

At any time during the complaint process, the agency can offer to settle your complaint. You are not required to accept a settlement offer.

If you and the agency settle your complaint, it will be dismissed and no further action will be taken. Both you and the agency will be required to do what you promised to do in the agreement.

If the Agency Does Not Comply with the Settlement

If an agency does not comply in some way with the terms of your settlement agreement, notify the agency's EEO Director. You have 30 days from the day you first learned of the agency's failure to comply to give the EEO Director this notice.

The agency must respond to you in writing to try and settle the conflict. If the agency does not respond, or if you are not satisfied with the agency's response, you can appeal to EEOC's Office of Federal Operations for a decision about whether the agency has complied with the terms of the settlement agreement. You must file your appeal within 30 days from the day you receive the agency's response or, if the agency does not respond, after 35 days have passed from the day you notified the agency's EEO Director of the agency's failure to comply. You must give the agency a copy of your appeal. The agency will then have 30 days to respond.

Representation During the Complaint Process

Although you don't have to be represented by a lawyer during the complaint process, you have the right to have a lawyer if you want one. You can also ask someone who is not a lawyer to represent you, or you can represent yourself. The EEOC will not represent you during the complaint process, and we will not appoint a lawyer to represent you.

Adding New Events to Your Complaint

If new events that you believe are discriminatory take place after you file your complaint, you can add them to your complaint. This is called "amending" a complaint. To amend your complaint, you should write the agency's EEO Office, describe what happened, and ask that the new events be included in your complaint.

After your letter is received, the EEO Office will either add the new events to your complaint or send you to EEO counseling to discuss them with an EEO Counselor. If you are sent to counseling and the matter cannot be settled there, you have the right to file a new complaint that includes the new events. The new complaint will later be combined with the original complaint.

Having More Than One Complaint

If you have more than one discrimination complaint against an agency, the agency's EEO Office must investigate your complaints together. This is to ensure that they are investigated as quickly and as efficiently as possible. The EEO Office will notify you before the complaints are combined.


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File your on-line complaint with the FTC or call in your complaint at (888) 382-1222 (same as registration toll-free number). For hearing impaired, the TTY complaint line is (866) 290-4236.

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Related to complaint: complained com·plaint   (kəm-plānt′) n. 1. An expression of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment. 2. A cause or reason for complaining; a grievance: What is your complaint? 3. a. A bodily disorder or disease; a malady or ailment. b. The symptom or distress about which a patient seeks medical assistance. 4. Law a. A formal statement initiating a lawsuit by specifying the facts and legal grounds for the relief sought. b. A formal charge, made under oath, of the commission of a crime or other such offense. [Middle English compleinte , from Old French complainte , from feminine past participle of complaindre , to complain ; see complain.] complaint ( kəmˈpleɪnt ) n 1. the act of complaining; an expression of grievance 2. a cause for complaining; grievance 3. (Pathology) a mild ailment 4. (Law) English law a statement by which a civil proceeding in a magistrates' court is commenced com•plaint (kəmˈpleɪnt)

n. 1. an expression of discontent, regret, pain, censure, resentment, or grief; lament; faultfinding. 2. a cause of discontent, pain, grief, etc. 3. a cause of bodily pain or ailment; malady: to suffer from a rare complaint. 4. (in a civil action) a statement by the plaintiff setting forth the cause of action. [1350–1400; < Middle French complainte < Latin com- com - + plancta plaint ] Thesaurus Antonyms Related Words Synonyms Legend: Switch to new thesaurus Noun 1. complaint - an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining ailment , ill disorder , upset - a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; "the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"; "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time" pip - a minor nonspecific ailment kinetosis , motion sickness - the state of being dizzy or nauseated because of the motions that occur while traveling in or on a moving vehicle 2. complaint - (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow cry , yell - a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate); "a cry of rage"; "a yell of pain" exclamation - a loud complaint or protest or reproach lament , lamentation , wail , plaint - a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward" 3. complaint - an expression of grievance or resentment objection - the speech act of objecting grievance - a complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action grumble , grumbling , murmuring , mutter , muttering , murmur - a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone jeremiad - a long and mournful complaint; "a jeremiad against any form of government" kvetch - (Yiddish) a nagging complaint pet peeve - an opportunity for complaint that is seldom missed; "grammatical mistakes are his pet peeve" whimper , whine - a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way 4. complaint - (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based pleading - (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding libel - the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks civil law - the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation 5. complaint - (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny" charge criminal law - the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment pleading - (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding accusal , accusation - a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt bill of indictment , indictment - a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense complaint noun 1. protest , accusation , objection , grievance , remonstrance , charge There have been a number of complaints about the standard of service. 2. grumble , criticism , beef (slang) , moan , bitch (slang) , lament , grievance , wail , dissatisfaction , annoyance , grouse , gripe (informal) , grouch (informal) , plaint , fault-finding I don't have any complaints about the way I've been treated. 3. disorder , problem , trouble , disease , upset , illness , sickness , ailment , affliction , malady , indisposition Eczema is a common skin complaint. complaint noun 1. An expression of dissatisfaction or a circumstance regarded as a cause for such expression: grievance . Informal: gripe , grouse . Slang: beef , kick . Idiom: bone to pick . 2. A pathological condition of mind or body: ailment , disease , disorder , ill , illness , infirmity , malady , sickness . 3. A minor illness, especially one of a temporary nature: ailment , bug , indisposition , malady . Translations تَذَمُّر، شَكْوى شَكْوَى مَرَض stížnost nevolnost potíž klage lidelse reklamation sygdom Beschwerde Klage Reklamation Krankheit Leiden παράπονο μήνυση queja reclamación achaque denuncia dolencia vaiva valitus plainte réclamation accusation grogne maladie pritužba panasz kvilli kvörtun, kæra lamentela reclamo malattia protesta querula 不平 불평하기 klacht beklag klage reklamasjon sykdom anke skarga reclamação жалоба sťažnosť pritožba klagomål ความไม่พอใจ hastalık rahatsızlık şikayet şikâyet lời phàn nàn 抱怨 疾病 complaint [kəmˈpleɪnt] A. N 1. (= statement of dissatisfaction ) → queja f ; ( to manager of shop etc ) → reclamación f ; ( to police ) → denuncia f
I had no complaints about the service → no tenía ninguna queja del servicio
to have cause for complaint → tener motivo de queja
to make or lodge a complaint → reclamar , formular una queja 2. (= cause of dissatisfaction ) → motivo m de queja 3. ( Med ) (= illness ) → mal m , dolencia f B. CPD complaints book N → libro m de reclamaciones
complaints department N → sección f de reclamaciones
complaints procedure N → procedimiento m para presentar reclamaciones complaint [kəmˈpleɪnt] n (= criticism ) → plainte f
There were lots of complaints about the food → Il y a eu beaucoup de plaintes à propos de la nourriture .
to have grounds for complaint → avoir des raisons de se plaindre (= formal protest ) → réclamation f
a letter of complaint → une lettre de réclamation
to lodge a complaint → déposer plainte , déposer une plainte complaints procedure (= illness ) → affection f
a stomach complaint → une affection de l'estomac
a skin complaint → une maladie de peau
a back complaint → une affection du dos
a heart complaint → une maladie de cœur complaints procedure [kəmˈpleɪntz] n → procédure f de réclamation complaint n → Klage f ; (= formal complaint) → Beschwerde f → ( to bei) ; I have no cause for complaint → ich kann mich nicht beklagen ; I wouldn’t have any complaint(s) if … → ich würde mich nicht beklagen , wenn … ; to lodge a complaint against somebody with the police → jdn bei der Polizei anzeigen , gegen jdn Anzeige erstatten (= illness) → Beschwerden pl ; a very rare complaint → eine sehr seltene Krankheit , ein sehr seltenes Leiden complaint [kəmˈpleɪnt] n → lamentela ; ( to manager of shop ) → reclamo ( Med ) ( illness ) → disturbo , malattia complain ( kəmˈplein ) verb 1. to state one's displeasure, dissatisfaction etc . I'm going to complain to the police about the noise. kla, klae, klaag يَتَذَمَّر، يَتَشَكّى изказвам недоволство queixar-se stěžovat si sich beklagen klage διαμαρτύρομαι quejarse kaebama گله کردن؛ شکوه کردن valittaa se plaindre לְהִתלוֹנֵן शिकायत करना tužiti se, žaliti se panaszkodik mengadu kvarta reclamare 不平を言う 불평하다 skųstis sūdzēties; iesniegt sūdzību mengadu klagen klage , beklage seg , påtale , reklamere narzekać شكايت كول، عارض كېدل، ماڼى جن كېدل، ګيله من كېدل queixar-se a se plânge подавать жалобу sťažovať sa pritožiti se žaliti se klaga ร้องทุกข์ şikâyet etmek 抱怨 подавати скаргу شکایت کرنا than phiền 抱怨 2. ( with of) to state that one has (pain, discomfort etc ). He's complaining of difficulty in breathing. kla oor يَشْكو مِن оплаквам се queixar-se stěžovat/naříkat si na klagen klage over; beklage sig over παραπονιέμαι quejarse de kurtma نالیدن؛ اظهار ناراحتی کردن valittaa se plaindre לְהִתלוֹנֵן עַל दुखड़ा रोना potužiti se elpanaszol mengeluh kvarta, kveina lamentarsi 訴える (불편 등을) 호소하다 skųstis, nusiskųsti žēloties; sūdzēties merungut klagen klage over skarżyć się شکایت کول queixar-se a se plânge, a se văita (de) жаловаться nariekať (na) pritoževati se žaliti se na klaga บ่น şikâyet etmek 主訴,自己說(病痛等) скаржитися شکایات کا بیان دینا kể lại một sự đau đớn 说自己有病痛 comˈplaint noun 1. (a statement of one's) dissatisfaction. The customer made a complaint about the lack of hygiene in the food shop. klag, klagte تَذَمُّر، شَكْوى оплакване queixa stížnost die Klage klage; reklamation παράπονο , καταγγελία queja kaebus گله؛ شکایت valitus plainte תלונה शिकायत žalba, prigovor, pritužba panasz(kodás) keluhan kvörtun, kæra protesta , reclamo 苦情 불평 skundas, nusiskundimas sūdzība aduan klacht klage , anke , reklamasjon skarga ګله queixa reclamaţie жалоба sťažnosť pritožba žalba klagomål ความไม่พอใจ şikâyet 抱怨 скарга; незадоволення شکایت، شکوہ sự than phiền 抱怨 2. a sickness, disease, disorder etc . He's always suffering from some complaint or other. klag, klagte, siekte; ongemak مَرَض болест enfermidade potíž, nevolnost die Beschwerde sygdom; lidelse αρρώστια , πάθηση enfermedad , achaque , dolencia vaevus بیماری؛ ناراحتی sairaus maladie מחלה बीमारी bolest baj penyakit kvilli disturbo , malattia 病気 불만의 대상 negalavimas kaite; slimība penyakit klacht sykdom , lidelse dolegliwość خوشنه achaque boală недуг ; недовольство ťažkosť bolezen, nadloga, motnja smetnja åkomma, ont ความเจ็บป่วย hastalık , rahatsızlık 疾病 хвороба, біль تکلیف ، مرض sự khó ở 疾病 complaint → شَكْوَى stížnost klage Beschwerde παράπονο queja valitus plainte pritužba reclamo 不平 불평하기 klacht klage skarga reclamação жалоба klagomål ความไม่พอใจ şikayet lời phàn nàn 抱怨 com·plaint n. queja, síntoma; trastorno, molestia; chief ___ → ___ principal. I'd like to make a complaint → أُريدُ تَقْديـمَ الشَكْوى → Chtěl bych podat stížnost → Jeg vil gerne klage → Ich möchte mich beschweren → Θα ήθελα να κάνω ένα παράπονο → Quisiera presentar una reclamación → Haluaisin tehdä valituksen → Je voudrais faire une réclamation → Želim se požaliti → Vorrei sporgere un reclamo → 苦情があるのですが → 항의를 좀 하려고요 → Ik wil graag een klacht indienen → Jeg må komme med en klage → Chciałbymzłożyć skargę → Eu queria fazer uma reclamação → Я хочу пожаловаться → Jag skulle vilja göra ett klagomål → ฉันอยากร้องเรียน → Bir şikayette bulunmak istiyorum → Tôi muốn khiếu nại → 我要投诉 Where can I make a complaint? (US)
Who can I complain to? (UK) → لـِمَنْ يـُمْكِنُني أَنْ أُقَدِّمُ شَكْوى → Komu si můžu stěžovat? → Hvem kan jeg klage til? → Bei wem kann ich mich beschweren? → Σε ποιον μπορώ να υποβάλλω τα παράπονά μου; → ¿A quién debo reclamar? → Kenelle voin valittaa? → Qui est chargé des réclamations ? → Kome se mogu požaliti? → A chi posso rivolgermi per un reclamo? → 誰に苦情を言えばいいのですか? → 항의는 누구에게 하나요? → Bij wie kan ik een klacht indienen? → Hvem kan jeg klage til? → Do kogo mam skierować skargę? → Para quem eu posso reclamar? → Кому я могу пожаловаться? → Vem kan jag klaga till? → ฉันจะร้องเรียนได้กับใคร? → Kime şikayet edebilirim? → Tôi có thể khiếu nại với ai? → 我可以向谁投诉? complaint n queja; chief — motivo de consulta

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