The Office of Internal Enforcement (OIE) administers the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) internal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program by counseling, facilitating ADR, investigating, and adjudicating complaints filed by DOL employees and applicants for DOL employment who allege discrimination because of race (including dress and grooming), color, ancestry, national origin (including ethnicity, accent, and use of a language other than English), religion or religious creed (including reasonable accommodation of religious beliefs or practices), physical or mental disability (including reasonable accommodation of physical or mental disability), genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, abortion, and related medical conditions and procedures), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, intersex conditions, age, parental status, and/or retaliation for engaging in protected Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) activity (e.g., filing or participating in a complaint or otherwise opposing discrimination, including harassment; requesting a reasonable accommodation). OIE also provides training and technical assistance on EEO matters to DOL managers, supervisors, and employees. Additionally, OIE advises Departmental management on issues affecting EEO and develops and implements relevant Departmental policies and procedures.
How to File a Complaint with Internal Enforcement
In order to file a complaint, an aggrieved individual (a DOL employee or DOL job applicant) must contact an EEO Counselor within 45 calendar days of an alleged discriminatory action or, in the case of a personnel action, within 45 calendar days of the effective date of the action. An EEO Counselor will conduct an initial interview with the aggrieved individual, and begin fact-finding in an attempt to resolve the matter informally within 30 calendar days from the date of the initial contact.
For more information on EEO Counselors, please contact the Civil Rights Center by phone at 202-693-6503.
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