You take great pride in working for the Department of Defense, even though the work you do does not – for obvious reasons – always lend itself to public accolades. However, you never expected to be the victim of mistreatment. If you work in the Defense Department and an employer has wronged you, you should retain the services of a skilled Department of Defense (DOD) employment lawyer from the Bell Law Group today.
Employment Lawyers Serving Members of the DOD
For nearly two decades, the Bell Law Group has fought on behalf of the “underdog.” In the process, our aggressive Department of Defense (DOD) employment lawyers have taken on, and defeated, several powerful agencies. Contact us today if you would like more information on the process ahead of you and how our legal team can help.
Our Legal Services
The Bell Law Group will be more than happy to apply its extensive experience for your benefit. Our Department of Defense (DOD) employment lawyers represent clients in the following areas:
- Security Clearance
- Disability Retirement
- Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
- Disciplinary and Performance Actions
- Employment Discrimination (EEOC)
- Whistle Blower Litigation & OSC
EEO Complaint Process for DOD Members
The first step is to contact an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Counselor at the DOD. Generally, you must contact the EEO Counselor within 45 days from the date of the discriminatory event. This will launch the process of an informal complaint. For up to 30 days, the EEO Counselor will conduct fact-finding and management interviews in order to resolve your informal complaint. At the discretion of the EEO Director, this process may be extended to up to 60 days. If you choose the Alternative Dispute Resolution route, the period to resolve the informal complaint can be extended up to 90 days.
If the EEO Counselor is unable to resolve your complaint, he or she will issue a Notice of Right to File a Discrimination Complaint, at which point you will have 15 days to file your formal complaint.
Should the DOD’s Complaints Management and Investigations Group decide to accept your complaint, you will move along the stages of a formal investigation, an administrative law judge (ALJ) hearing and, ultimately, the final agency ruling. Bear in mind that you have the right to file an appeal an agency’s ruling should it be unfavorable.
This process can be prolonged and grueling, but the Bell Law Group can fight alongside you every step of the way.
Contact a Federal Employee Lawyer
If you would like to learn more about pursuing an employment discrimination claim against the DOD, please contact our law firm. We are here to help you understand what happened to you and what your potential options are for moving forward.