Employees, former employees, and applicants for employment are protected by law from discrimination because of race; color; religion; sex (including sexual harassment or sex-based wage discrimination); national origin; age; mental or physical disability; and/or reprisal in employment matters under the control of the Army. Those who believe they are victims of discrimination must contact the EEO Office within 45 days of the alleged act of discrimination before they may file a formal EEO complaint. The EEO Officer will assign an EEO Counselor to inquire into the allegation of discrimination, and seek resolution of the matter(s) during the informal, or pre-complaint, stage.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has established an EEO Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program that may be offered to an aggrieved person, instead of traditional EEO counseling. (ADR is a term used to describe a variety of collaborative methods to resolve conflict, using a neutral third party.) Mediation is the preferred ADR method within USACE. When ADR is offered and accepted, managers are required to participate in good faith.
EEO Counselors are free to make whatever inquiries are necessary to informally resolve the matter. The counseling period may last up to 30 days from the date the aggrieved person brought the matter to the attention of the EEO Office. Prior to the end of the 30¬day period, the aggrieved person may agree in writing to extend the counseling period for up to 60 additional days. If a satisfactory resolution is not reached during the counseling period, the person is advised of the right to file a formal complaint, and the procedures to follow. Where the aggrieved person has been offered and chooses to participate in ADR, the pre-complaint processing period is 90 days. If the matter has not been resolved before the 90th day, the aggrieved person will be informed in writing of the right to file a discrimination complaint.
Employees or former employees who believe an Army action appeal able to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) was effected because of discrimination, may choose to file an MSPB appeal within 30 days of the effective date of the personnel action. Aggrieved persons waive the right to file a formal complaint if they file an MSPB appeal on the same matter.
Formal complaints of discrimination may be filed with the Pittsburgh District EEO Officer or the Nashville District Commander at the address shown in the upper left corner. Complaints may also be filed with the Army Director of EEO or the Secretary of the Army:
The Army Director of EEO and the Secretary of the Army may be contacted at the following address:
Department of the Army
1901 South Bell Street, 1st Floor, Room 109B
Arlington, VA 22202-4508