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What is the process to file a discrimination complaint?

If you believe you have been discriminated against when applying for a job or while on the job because of your race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or retaliation, or for opposing a prohibited personnel practice or participating in an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) process, you may file an EEO Discrimination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Who can file?
Any EPA employee or applicant for employment with EPA may file an EEO discrimination complaint.

Headquarters Employees contact the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at (202) 564-7272 (Voice) or (202) 501-1822 (TDD). EPA Regional and Area Office Employees contact the Equal Employment Officer for your Region or your Area Director. Please contact the appropriate office within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory incident, or effective date of the alleged discriminatory personnel action. An EEO counselor will be assigned to you to attempt to facilitate resolution of your allegations.

EPA Regional and Area Office Employees
Region City Contact Name Phone/Fax Number
1 Boston Sharon Wells (617) 918-1077/1029
2 New York Mavis Johnson (212) 637-3339/3534
3 Philadelphia Cynthia Burrows (215) 814-5326/5108
4 Atlanta Naima Halim-Chestnut (404) 562-9220/9772
5 Chicago Carolyn Bohlen (312) 886-6541/3979
6 Dallas Manuela (Nellie) Roblez (214) 665-6505/8072
7 Kansas City Michael Butkovich (913) 551-7189/9189
8 Denver Saundra Fusco (303) 312-6713
9 San Francisco Gina Edwards (415) 947-4284
10 Seattle Victoria Plata (206) 553-8580/4957
11 RTP and Laboratories Norwood Dennis (919) 541-4249/0847
12 Cincinnati Milton Wiggins (513) 569-7941/7276
13 Las Vegas Debra Schwartz (702) 798-2443

How to file a Discrimination Complaint:
If attempts to resolve your allegation have been unsuccessful, you will be provided, in writing, a Notice of Final Interview. You have 15 days from the date of receipt of this notice to submit your discrimination complaint in writing, by mail or in person, to the Office of Civil Rights. Please note that complaints must be signed and in writing. The mailing address for correspondence is:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Civil Rights
Mail Code 1201A
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20460


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