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Remedying discrimination against government employees

When federal employees in New York face discrimination in the workplace, they may turn to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to pursue a complaint about the mistreatment. The EEOC is a federal agency that deals with issues related to employment discrimination. It has the power to issue orders providing relief to victims of discrimination in both the federal government and private corporations. There are several types of remedies that the EEOC can order for a government worker found to be subjected to disparate treatment discrimination on the job.

In general, people can receive both monetary relief and equitable relief. The former includes payments like back pay and compensatory damages for expenses incurred due to workplace discrimination while the latter includes training, reinstatement for terminated workers or appointment to a specific position previously denied the worker. The EEOC can also order federal agencies to take anti-discrimination action, including retraining management, notifying all workers about how to pursue discrimination claims or disciplining those responsible.

Because these remedies are meant to make the victim whole, back pay awards cover the amount that a person would have earned if not for the discrimination. If a victim was terminated, the amount of back pay might be reduced by the amount he or she made at another job in the interim. Some compensatory damages are meant to cover costs such as medical bills or therapy expenses while others address emotional pain, suffering and certain intangible costs of discrimination.

Many workers continue to face on-the-job discrimination due to their race, gender, disability and other protected characteristics. This includes government workers as well as those in private companies. An employment law attorney can consult with a worker who has been discriminated against about taking action to pursue justice and accountability.

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