Government employees often have broader protection against discrimination than private sector employees. In addition to protection from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age, government employees may also be protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation, status as a parent, marital status, political affiliation, and conduct that does not adversely affect the performance of the employee.
One difficulty regarding discrimination against government employees is the short time frame that employees have to complain of discrimination. For instance, most federal government employees must contact an EEO counselor at their agency within 45 days of a discriminatory action.
State agencies, universities, school districts, and local governments often have internal grievance procedures. For federal workers, discrimination that results in termination may be appealed to the merit systems protection board in many cases.
Some government units participate in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which could include mediation, arbitration, or an expedited hearing before a hearing officer or administrative judge.
Because of the complexity of government sector employment discrimination laws and regulations, it is important that an employee adhere to deadlines. Rob Wiley, P.C. has offices in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. If you believe that you are a victim of employment discrimination, you should immediately submit your case.