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Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

A. Filing with PAB/OGC:

  • Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation may be a prohibited personnel practice subject to investigation by the PAB/OGC.† Thus, a charge may be filed with PAB/OGC if the charging party believes he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation.†
  • A current or former employee or applicant for employment must file a charge of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation relating to an adverse or performance-based action within 30 days after the effective date of the action or, if the charge relates to other personnel actions, within 30 days after the effective date of the action or 30 days after the charging party knew or should have known of the action.† Additional information for filing a charge with the PAB/OGC is located at How to File a PPP.†
  • For further information on procedures after a charge is filed with the PAB/OGC, see What Happens After a Charge is Filed?

B. Filing with the Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness:

  • The Comptroller General has specifically prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and has directed that GAO Orders be changed to reflect this (See the Comptroller Generalís memorandum dated June 25, 1999, Revised Sexual Harassment Policy ).† He has also authorized GAO employees who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation to file a complaint with the Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness.†
  • A person wishing to file a complaint of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation with the Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness should contact that office immediately for an explanation of their process and filing deadlines.