If the Informal Grievance is not resolved to the Grievant’s satisfaction, the Grievant, if an eligible employee, may request a Formal Grievance Hearing within ten (10) days of completion of the Informal Grievance Process.
Once a request for a Formal Grievance Hearing is submitted to the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & HR Policy Compliance (EEO), EEO will, within ten (10) calendar days, select a three (3) person Committee from the Formal Grievance Board to review the grievance and forward the request to the Committee.
The Committee will review the request and determine, within 15 calendar days of receipt of the request, whether or not to grant the request for a hearing. The Committee may request clarification or seek additional information before granting or denying the request for a hearing. The Committee can deny the request for 1) lack of merit based on the information supplied; or 2) the inability to grant the relief, i.e. apologies, monetary settlements, etc.
If the Committee denies the request, the Grievant may appeal the Committee’s decision by submitting a request for an appeal within ten (10) calendar days of the mailing of the decision.
If the Committee grants the request, they will establish a date for the Hearing. EEO will arrange for a location for the Hearing. Once a Hearing date and location is established, any request by the Grievant or Respondent to postpone the Hearing must be made in writing to the Committee and sent in care of EEO.
Hearings are conducted according to the Formal Grievance Hearing Order of Proceedings. The Committee will meet in closed session to reach a decision. The Committee has authority to grant specific remedies as set forth in the Formal Grievance Hearing Board Training Program Manual. The decision shall be submitted in writing, within ten (10) calendar days of the hearing, to the Executive Director of the Equal EEO & HR Policy Compliance. EEO will send the decision to the Grievant’s home address of record and to the Respondent’s office address. Unless appealed by the Grievant or Respondent, the decision of the Committee is final. If either party appeals, the decision will not be implemented until the appeal process is completed.
Committee decisions may be appealed by submitting a completed Formal Grievance Hearing Request for Appeal to the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Rice Hall 2121 I Street, NW Suite 101. Appeals must be within ten (10) calendar days from the mailing of the decision. The decision of the CHRO on an appeal is final.