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Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

EEO Discrimination Complaints

1. References:

  1. Army Regulation 690-600, dated February 9, 2004, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Discrimination Complaints.
  2. 29 Code of Federal Regulation 1614, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), dated July 12, 1999.

2. Who May File:

  1. Any Department of the Army appropriated or non-appropriated fund employees, former employee, or applicant seeking employment, and certain contract employees, who believes that he or she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal in an employment matter, subject to the control of the Army, may initiate the EEO complaint process.
  2. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination under EEO discrimination complaint procedures. This form of harassment is a violation of Title VII, Section 703 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.

3. When to File:

The complaint must be presented to an EEO official within 45 calendar days from the date of the incident, or, if a personnel action, within 45 calendar days of its effective date, or the date that the complainant became aware of, or reasonably should have become aware of the discriminatory act or personnel action. Matters raised after the 45-day time limit will be inquired into by an Counselor even though a formal complaint may be dismissed later for un-timeliness.

4. Right to Anonymity:

The complainant’s identity will not be revealed unless the complainant gives written permission, or at such time a formal complaint is accepted.


5. How to File:

Initially, an aggrieved person (employee or job applicant) must contact a EEO official who will conduct an information inquiry to gather the allegations of discrimination (basis/matter identified by the aggrieved). The EEO official will advise the aggrieved of the EEO complaint procedures, to include the option for the aggrieved to elect Mediation or traditional counseling during the informal process.