VA employee wins appeal of EEOC decision. Former social worker with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) appealed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s decision to dismiss her complaint.
Complainant alleged that she was subjected to harassment on the basis of race and to unlawful retaliation by her supervisor and a co-worker. She reported being harassed by the co-worker, but no action was taken. Complainant used a fillable PDF form to file her EEO complaint with the agency. However, when the form was blank when it was received. The VA dismissed her EEO without allow her to correct. Complainant appealed to the EEOC’s OFO. She alleged that a computer error did not save her work. The OFO found that the mistake should be excused and reversed the agency’s dismissal. The VA was ordered to process Complainant’s claim.
Selene M. v. Robert Wilkie, Secretary, Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/decisions/2020_12_07/2020003766.pdf
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