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EEOC Attorneys with Offices in the Tampa Bay Area

Helping Federal Employees Fight Discrimination in the Workplace

No one wants to face harassment, discrimination, or hostility in any workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) works to enforce the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other legislation that guarantees workplaces free of discrimination. The EEOC hears and adjudicates claims from federal employees who believe that their rights have been violated.

Our EEOC attorneys from the Tampa Bay Area offices at Legal Lion Employment Law Firm can help you explore your legal options when you suffer from discriminatory actions and other forms of unlawful workplace behavior. We can assist you in filing claims with the EEOC and work to help you secure the relief that you deserve. Our team is familiar with the EEOC complaint and hearing process and can help you navigate the system as efficiently and effectively as possible.

If you are a federal employee and believe that your rights have been violated, call (813) 437-4447 or contact us online to discuss your options with us.

How the EEOC Process Works

Federal employees are protected by a network of anti-discriminatory and anti-harassment statutes. Depending on where your agency is based, local and state laws can sometimes lend additional protections.

Discriminatory behavior can take many forms. Some are obvious, while others may be less so. Federal employees could suffer from targeted abusive language, exclusion from agency initiatives, deliberate lack of advancement, inadequate compensation, and more. In many cases, discriminatory behavior can be frustratingly challenging to prove.

When you believe that you have been discriminated against, you must act quickly. Federal employees generally only have 45 days from the date of the most recent discriminatory act to contact their agency’s EEOC representative and initiate a claim. Your complaint will typically be initially addressed informally before advancing to more formal, trial-like proceedings.

Our EEOC attorneys who are based out of our Tampa Bay Area offices can guide you through each step of the EEOC complaint process, including:

  • Informal Resolution Efforts. In most cases, the EEOC will attempt to resolve an issue without a hearing. This can involve mediation, counseling, and alternative dispute resolution with the involved parties.
  • The Formal Complaint Investigation. If early resolution efforts prove ineffective, a formal complaint will need to be filed, and the EEOC will conduct a thorough investigation of your allegations.
  • The Hearing. You will be expected to participate in a trial-like hearing before an EEOC judge. This proceeding will involve arguments from each party’s legal team, witness testimony, and examinations of all available evidence.
  • Appeals. Should a favorable outcome not be reached in your hearing, you may have the option of appealing your case through the Office of Federal Operations (OFO).

Should the EEOC process or an appeal not satisfactorily address your complaint, you may still have additional legal options. Many federal employees have the ability to file a lawsuit against an agency engaging in discriminatory behavior once they have gone through the administrative complaint process. Cases involving age discrimination and gendered pay gaps can potentially opt to circumvent the EEOC entirely. We can help you explore what makes the most sense for your case.

If you are a federal employee and believe that your rights have been violated, call (813) 437-4447 or contact us online to discuss your options with us.

Who Can Pursue a Claim with the EEOC?

All federal employees have the right to file a claim with the EEOC if they believe that they have been discriminated against or retaliated against as a result of their belonging to a protected class. Claimants have the ability to pursue monetary damages and other forms of compensation, including the reinstatement of their positions if they were wrongfully terminated.

EEOC complaints can assist federal employees who have been discriminated against as a result of their:

  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability or perceived disability
  • Familial Status
  • Gender Identity
  • National Origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Sexual Orientation

Assisting You with FMLA-Related Disability Discrimination

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows qualifying federal employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, protected leave per year to manage health conditions and other family responsibilities, such as an ill loved one. During this time, your federal agency is required to maintain your health benefits and cannot terminate, demote, or otherwise retaliate against you for taking your protected leave.

Many federal employees that live with disabilities regularly utilize FMLA leave. When an employer attempts to deny or dissuade you from exercising your FMLA-protected leave, they may be engaging in a form of disability discrimination. Our legal team can serve as your advocate in these situations and help you pursue a complaint with the EEOC, which regularly handles FMLA-related conflicts involving disabilities.

Benefits to Pursuing an EEO Complaint

No one should have to endure any act of workplace discrimination or harassment. When discriminatory and inappropriate behavior goes unaddressed, bad-faith actors can imperil your career advancement, reputation, and safety. By bringing an EEO complaint to the EEOC, you have the opportunity to reverse negative consequences, hold offending parties accountable, and recover damages.

Our team at Legal Lion Employment Law Firm can work to get you the relief you need when filing an EEOC complaint. The EEOC can elect to grant you equitable relief, meaning you will be reassigned or will have your job responsibilities shifted to avoid a continuing hostile work situation. If discriminatory behavior resulted in improper disciplinary action against you, those records can be removed from your OPF. Complaints involving pay gaps and unlawful non-advancements may result in the issuing of back pay. Depending on the nature and severity of the complaint, you could even be offered compensatory damages to address the pain and suffering you experienced as well as any injuries to your reputation.

After reviewing the facts of your case, we can help you understand your legal options. Our EEOC lawyers who are located at our Tampa Bay Area office will vigorously represent you at each stage of the alternative dispute resolution, investigation, and hearing processes and do everything possible to get you the relief that you need and deserve.

Schedule a free initial consultation with our team if you believe you have been discriminated against at your federal agency. Call (813) 437-4447 or contact us online to get started.

Why Clients Continue to Choose Us

  • Direct Legal Access

    Clients will interact with our attorneys directly instead of office staff and paralegals.

  • Free Consultations

    Free Consultations are available for every situation without time restraints.

  • Cost Effective

    We keep costs low and effective for all of our clients. It is more important for us to help federal employees in need of guidance and advice.

  • Available Outside Business Hours

    We make ourselves available outside of business hours upon request.  

The Intricacies of Federal Employment Law Are Vast & Complex

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