EEO Complaint Process
Frequently Asked Questions
initiate contact with an EEO Counselor within 45 calendar days of the alleged
discriminatory action. In the case of a personnel action, the EEO complaint
must be filed within 45 calendar days of the effective date of the personnel
action. Failure to comply with the 45-calendar daytime limit for contacting the
EEO Counselor is possible grounds for dismissal of your complaint. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or
have speech disabilities, may contact us through the Federal Relay Service on
(800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
Employees, former employees and applicants for employment should contact their agency’s Office of Civil Rights office to file an EEO complaint.
APHIS EEO Counselors can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be reached on 301-851-4201 or 1-800-342-7231. Additional contact information for EEO Counselor can be found in the contact us page.
happens once I file an EEO complaint?
After you have filed an EEO complaint and elected either traditional EEO counseling (link to description of counseling) or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) (link to description of ADR), the EEO Specialist assigned to process your complaint will work with you and management to attempt resolving your allegation(s) per 29 Code of Federal Regulation §1614 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Management Directive 110. The EEO Specialist will explain in further detail the difference between EEO counseling and ADR during your initial meeting with them.
Yes, you are allowed representation. You must designate your representation in writing to the EEO Specialist assigned to process your complaint.
The timeframe for EEO counseling is thirty (30) calendar days and can be extended (by mutual agreement of the employee and agency) up to an additional sixty (60) calendar days to a maximum of ninety (90) calendar days from the date counseling started. When an aggrieved person elects to participate in ADR, the processing period is automatically up to ninety (90) calendar days. If the matter is not resolved by the conclusion of either the counseling or ADR process, the EEO counselor/mediator will advise you of the procedures for filing a formal complaint.
For more information please contact the Counseling and Resolution Branch (CRB) at
301-851-4201 or via e-mail at email@example.com
or visit the CRB overview site by clicking here: Counseling and Resolution Program Overview