I am a Federal employee (RN) for 4 years at a VA Medical Center. I have evidence of being discriminated against by the management, including lack of promotion, lowered performance appraisals, and having a never received a response to accommodation. Management had promised me a position in a nearby clinic due to my disabilities and then descended the offer, without explanation. In fact, all adverse actions were done without written justification. I have not file while working due to fear of being fired, and I have been threatened several times about me employment. I filed a grievance because I have been terrified by what they may do to me. I was harassed by three employee s causing an exacerbation of my PTSD. They are pushing me out because I stood up for the mental health patients when sexually assault and battery were being committed against them. I have proof of everything I am asking. I have filed two EEO complaints and I've dropped each of them because I was terrified of losing my job. I will retired 08/17/2018. Other complaints are being filed against the management at this time, which I feel would strengthen my claim. I am scared of retaliation from management.
You must file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before you can file a lawsuit under Title VII -- and there are strict time limits for doing both. Generally, though not in all cases, you have only 180 days following the discriminatory act to file an EEOC charge. One cannot reserve all of one’s complaints until retirement and file them at that time. Once you have filed a charge, there are strict anti-retaliation laws that should protect you. You may have other recourses, but your situation is complex enough to require a personal consultation with an employment attorney. Good luck!
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