To ensure that employees understand their right to file either an EEO complaint or a grievance, and to reduce any associated fear of retaliation, the commission should include in its EEO policy a statement informing staff members that they may make complaints without fear of retaliation.
On May 9, 2011, the commission provided its staff an updated EEO policy, which states that employees may make complaints without fear of reprisal. In addition, the commissionís EEO handbook informs staff that retaliation and intimidation is not allowed. (See 2012-406, p. 60)
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.