Federal employees, like their private sector counterparts, have legal protections against discrimination. Under the law, it is illegal for federal employers to discriminate against an employee based on their:
• National origin
• Genetic information
• Age (if over age 40)
• Status as pregnant
Federal employees who have experienced discrimination during the course of their employment must follow a different course of action to remedy the situation than those in the private sector. Federal employees can benefit from administrative procedures that may be more beneficial than bringing a case to court. However, the time frame for federal employees to file an EEO complaint are much shorter than in the private sector. It is therefore important for all federal employees to have a basic understanding of what the process entails.